posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 11:24 PM
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.
It's been rumored before that Chapo Guzman, the Sinaloa Cartel leader, had been killed. And this time the rumor centers around his death in
Guatemala. What I find unique to this rumor is that this is the region where the US is in the middle of Operation Martillo. This is also the Region
where Stratfor had reportedly said Chapo Guzman was living in.
The Sratfor analyst writes that: “We believe el Chapo is currently hiding out in Peten, Guatemala near the Mexican border.
Chapo Guzman is a billionaire according to Forbes and recently became Chicago's public enemy #1.
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.
Another thing that I noticed is that the Commander of US Command was in the country on the same day.
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.
The US miltary has been busy in Guatemala trying to stop the flow of drugs into Mexico via Guatemala. Operation Martillo is a multi country effort in
the War ON Drugs.
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.
I personally feel that even if this rumor turns out to be true, it will do very little to change the tide on the War on Drugs. I compare it to getting
rid of Osama. Yes, we got him but Al-qeada still lives on and so will the cartels and the never ending War on Drugs.