Big news out of Mexico – authorities have captured “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa cartel. I followed El Chapo’s rise while working for the Dallas Morning News in Mexico City. Below is a story Alfredo Corchado and I wrote in April 2005:
By Tracey Eaton and Alfredo Corchado
April 14, 2005
He calls himself a humble bean farmer, but Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera is described by U.S. drug agents and intelligence documents as one of the most powerful and cunning drug lords Mexico has ever known.
Mr. Guzmán, a 50-year-old prison escapee, is at the center of a violent turf war that, by Mexico’s count, has left more than 250 people dead across the country.
In the latest clash on Sunday, as many as 30 men wearing ski masks opened fire on a police convoy near a Nuevo Laredo shopping center, Mexican police said. Six officers, including the state police commander, and two passers-by were injured in a ferocious hail of gunfire that left behind nearly 500 bullet casings, an unused bazooka and the remains of two 40 mm grenades. Continue reading