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Mexico’s Narco Al Capone Remains on the Lam

Joaquin Guzman Loera has become a narco folk hero in Mexico. He has also helped contribute to the growing violence in Mexico. Will he ever get caught or remain a free man like Bin Laden?

By DAVID LUHNOW and JOSE DE CORDOBA
The Wall Street Journal
Joaquin Guzman

Joaquin Guzman

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico — As a child, Joaquín Guzmán Loera was so poor that he sold oranges to scrape together money for a meal. Since then, the 52-year-old has built a business empire and a personal fortune currently tied for number 701 on Forbes magazine’s list of global titans.

He also has another ranking: Mexico’s most wanted man.

Mr. Guzmán is the informal CEO of one of the world’s biggest drug-trafficking organizations, the so-called Sinaloa cartel, named for its home state of Sinaloa.

It smuggles a big part of the marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines that end up on American streets, and it has links to organized crime in 23 countries, according to Mexican and U.S. officials.


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