Mar 07 2014

What “El Chapo” Guzman’s Arrest Means for Mexico and the Drug War

The world’s most notorious drug lord was captured two weeks ago in a carefully planned operation. According to news reports, Mexico’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was captured by Mexican Marines in his resort home in Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa.

Guzman headed the notorious Sinaloa cartel, which is thought to be responsible for about 25% of all illicit drugs entering the US and apparently has operations in 50 countries around the world. His power and money was so vast that for a time he was ranked on the list of Forbes Most Powerful People.

Guzman was once before in custody, but apparently escaped in what has become the stuff of legends, with some stories involving a briefcase of cash and a laundry cart to engineer the escape.

While Guzman’s reputation has reached mythic proportions, the human toll of the drug war he centrally figured in, has cost the lives of tens of thousands of Mexicans. And, many allege that the Mexican government, and even elements in the US government have long allowed him to continue to operate. That is, until now.

GUEST: Anabel Hernandez is an investigative journalist and author of the book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers. She has risked her life to gather documentary evidence that makes a strong case against the drug lords and the governments that are supposed to hold them accountable.

Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Uprising’s earlier interview with Hernandez on her book Narcoland.

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