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Jun. 14 2011 - 10:13 am
The U.S. assault team that killed Osama bin Laden last month ended the largest manhunt in international history and put a stop to the evil doings of the world’s most wanted man. But far away from bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, in Mexico, a different sort of criminal mastermind has been gaining power. Joaquìn Guzmàn, the notorious Mexican drug trafficker known as El Chapo, or Shorty, has been extending his violent control over corridors in Mexico used to smuggle coc aine and marijuana into the U.S. He replaces bin Laden on the top of Forbes’ Most Wanted Fugitives list.
“Chapo has a vast criminal enterprise and he has become the leading drug trafficker of all time,” says a senior U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official who regularly travels to Mexico and requested anonymity because of security concerns. “He is the godfather of the drug world. “