Two nations take down the world's most wanted cartel leader
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:56:10 GMT —
It took two nations to capture the world TMs most wanted cartel leaders, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera.
Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico captured Guzman overnight.
"They were collaborating and cooperating together in order to arrest one man of the most important organization in the hemisphere," Professor Gudalupe Correa-Cabrera, University of Texas Brownsville Government Department Chair, said.
Professor Correa-Cabrera says that while the capture of Guzman is huge for Mexico and the United States, it does not assure Mexico's violence in their country will decrease.
She says it is too soon to tell if will violence will escalate.
However, Correa-Cabrera can assure that the arrest of the head of the Sinaloa cartel will not slow down drug trafficking.
"The organization does not crumble, the organization still works," Correa Cabrera said.
Right now, the Sinaloa Cartel is the biggest drug trafficking organization in the world.
The organization spreads through North and South America as well as Europe.
Correa-Cabrera says that with an organization cartel as big as the Sinaloa, a new leader is most likely already in place.
"There are many other people involved," Correa-Cabrera said. "He was the leader, he is a figure, he is just an image. He has been mystified but at the same time there are many other people."
However, the arrest of Guzman does not mean people in Mexico feel more secure or that the violence will decrease.
"People are not feeling safe and people just because of this they are not going to sleep better," Correa-Cabrera said.
This is not the first time Guzman has been locked up.
In 2001, he escaped from a prison in Jalisco, Mexico, allegedly in a laundry tuck.
Right, Guzman is at a high security prison in Mexico City but that could change if the United States asks to extradite him and Mexico grants it.
Guzman is facing charges in both countries.