Sinaloa Cartel Still Standing In Guzman’s Absence

    February 23, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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The vicious Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recently captured during a daring raid by law enforcement officials over the weekend.

The Sinaloa Cartel that Guzman heads is a notoriously violent group that has been blamed for a great deal of violence and unrest throughout Mexico within the last decade.

Guzman himself will be answering to charges ranging from murder to money laundering. Whether or not he will be extradited over crimes committed in the United States is not presently known.

Mexico usually does not extradite individuals to locations where the death penalty is on the table. Perhaps the feared and hated drug cartel boss might find himself an exception.

The big question has been whether or not Guzman’s apprehension truly means a less difficult road ahead for law enforcement officials trying to combat the formidable Sinaloa Cartel.

Observers and participants in the fight are already saying that the answer is a resounding no.

First there is the most obvious turn of events when it comes to the powerful Sinaloa Cartel itself. Guzman may be seen as the current leader of Sinaloa and a powerful global influence, but he is not irreplaceable.

It’s likely that another powerful member of the Sinaloa Cartel will take over as the group attempts to reshuffle its ranks. There may also be an explosion in violence as other cartels test to see if the loss of Guzman means Sinaloa has weakened.

U.S. marshal of the Western District of Texas Robert Almonte warned that, “Although Chapo was the one we were going after, and he is now under arrest, there is a lot of people trafficking drugs, and Chapo’s arrest will have no impact.”

Almonte even wondered if Guzman’s arrest might do more to strengthen the drug trade in some aspects rather than weaken it.

Said Almonte, “Everybody needs to understand that Chapo’s arrest does not mean that this battle is over. This was a major victory in a battle, not the war.”

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  • david hume

    Obama wants to bring El Chapo to Chicago. Then Obama can pretend he ended the drug trade, the way he ended Al Qaeda by killing bin Laden. Big show trial that accomplishes nothing, as the Sinaloa drug cartel continues. Maybe Obama will do photo ops with his prosecutors during the trial. Instead, Legalize drugs. That would end the drug cartels and their violence. But Obama enjoys drugs so much, and it’s so much more fun for him to do it illegally, as it makes him feel so powerful to break laws. he asks his advisers to find some law he hasn’t broken yet, so he can break it. After golf and basketball, that’s how Obama gets his kicks. For a big bribe, Obama will let El Chapo or Joaquin Guzman go free, escape or pretend to be killed, so he can go back to Mexico and make billions more. Obama is on coke and prozac, along with other drugs (prescribed to reduce jet lag—he burns a lot of jet fuel to help stop global warming or cooling, one of the two, Obama can’t remember which)