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Guatemalan authorities are investigating whether Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was killed in an armed clash near the Mexican border, the interior minister said. "The first information we have is that it could be him," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told local radio, without giving details about who was involved in the clash in the Peten department, which borders Mexico.
The Sratfor analyst writes that: “We believe el Chapo is currently hiding out in Peten, Guatemala near the Mexican border.
The world’s most powerful drug trafficker, Mexican billionaire Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, was designated by The Chicago Crime Commission and the DEA as Chicago’s Public Enemy #1, a title held by Al Capone at the height of Prohibition in the 1930s.
General of the U.S. Marine Corps and Commander of the U.S. Southern Command John Kelly meets with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina at the Presidential House in Guatemala City, February 21, 2013.
According to official sources, between July and October, members of the US Marine Corps Forces, South —the naval component of the US Southern Command— flew helicopters destined for trafficking interdiction efforts in Guatemala out of Santa Elena, Petén, and aircraft out of La Aurora in Guatemala City, Retalhuleu, and Puerto San José, as well as coordinating with the Guatemalan Navy in Puerto Quetzal, on the Pacific Coast. Beyond a handful of wire stories, news of the deployment of active duty US combat troops in Guatemala made barely a blip in the media. It also seemed to go largely unnoticed in the Central American nation. Few outside military and security research circles were aware of the details of the agreement between the US Embassy and Guatemala’s Foreign Relations Ministry.