The aftermath of the manhunt for Mexico’s notorious drug lord

2/2/2016 The Washington Post

MEXICO, Ciudad de México, 12AGOSTO10. En el centro de mando de la Policía Federal fueron presentados 12 personas detenidas en dos operativos distintos en la República Mexicana. Foto: Jesús Villaseca P/Latitudes Press.
MEXICO, Ciudad de México, 12AGOSTO10. En el centro de mando de la Policía Federal fueron presentados 12 personas detenidas en dos operativos distintos en la República Mexicana. Foto: Jesús Villaseca P/Latitudes Press.

Days after Joaquín Guzmán was recaptured, people in living in Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico’s Durango state wouldn’t say much of the world’s most wanted drug lord, the notorious “El Chapo.”

“Almost no one we talked to could even bring themselves to say his name, let alone admit any knowledge whatsoever of him,” photojournalist Allison Shelleytold In Sight. “Was it out of fear or respect? Perhaps a very intense combination.”

Alongside Washington Post reporter Joshua Partlow, Shelley traveled deep into the mountainous where as many as 1,000 people fled for safety after an unsuccessful attempt by the Mexican Marines to capture El Chapo. She documented their journey on her Instagram.

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‘El Chapo’ Extradition Points to Mexico’s Failures on Prison Reform

1/26/2016 InSight Crime

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

Mexico has intimated that it is working to expedite the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a tacit admission that efforts to reform the prison system have fallen short of the requirements to ensure the safe custody of the nation’s most dangerous criminals.

On January 22 President Enrique Peña Nieto told an audience of economic and political leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, that his government was taking steps to extradite Guzmán to the United States “as soon as possible.” Peña Nieto’s comments echo statements in the immediate aftermath of Guzmán’s arrest that Mexicowould seek to send Guzmán to the US, where a handful of indictments await the Sinaloa Cartel boss.

While the timing of Guzmán’s transfer remains to be seen, his swift extradition remains the right choice for Mexican officials. A third escape by Guzmán would mean not only having one of the nation’s most influential criminals return to the outside world, but it would ruin Mexico‘s credibility on security matters — and ultimately on other issues — for a generation. There is also an ample track record of Mexican criminals essentially running their empires from behind bars, from the Gulf Cartel‘s Osiel Cárdenas (whom President Felipe Calderón summarily extradited six weeks into his term in 2007) to Guzmán himself (who had nearly 400 visits with associates during his less than 18 months in prison prior to his July 2015 escape).

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[Video] U.S.-Mexico Cooperation in Drug War

1/17/2016 Washington Journal, C-SPAN

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Duncan Wood talked to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal about the recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and its implications for U.S.-Mexican cooperation in future anti-drug trafficking efforts.

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[Video] “El Chapo” Recaptured in Mexico

dw wilson center nowMexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood discusses the capture of the drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the larger issues surrounding his arrest. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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El Chapo Case Draws Mexico Closer to U.S.

1/11/2016 The New York Times

Mexico has started letting American agents carry guns on its soil. A special Mexican unit trained by Americans has been revived after stalling because of mistrust and a sense of national pride. American agents are working with Mexican soldiers to seize guns, and the two nations just agreed on a plan to tackle the heroin epidemic.

Even before Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug trafficker known as El Chapo, tunneled out of Mexico’s most secure prison over the summer, the Mexican government had begun rebuilding its strained relationship with the United States. But the drug lord’s stunning escape shrank that distance even more, creating a sense of shared urgency that had not existed in years.

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‘El Chapo’: Mexico’s Extradition Process Briefly Explained

1/11/2016 InSight Crime

InSightLogo_main_24bitMexico confirmed that it has begun the process to extradite Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States, but it could be a year or more before the recaptured drug kingpin is handed to the US justice system.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República – PGR) announced on January 10 that it had launched formal extradition proceedings.In a statement on its website, the PGR said that two Interpol agents had served Guzmán with two warrants in prison. But Mexican officials said Guzmán’s ability to challenge his extradition could mean the entire process could take at least a year, the BBC reported.

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Video: “El Chapo” recaptured in gun battle

1/9/2016 MSNBC

Todd Piro talks to Duncan Wood, Director at the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, about the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the infamous leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

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