Mexico: Got Shorty. Arrest of a drug lord / The Economist

THE capture of arguably the world’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzmán, which American officials confirmed on February 22nd, is a cause for celebration in Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world where his criminal empire extends. It ends the myth of invincibility surrounding a man who bought his way out of a top-security prison in Mexico in 2001 and went on to fight a vicious war for control of a drug trade that reputedly made him a billionaire and gave him the criminal stature of an Osama bin Laden.

For more than a decade he has run rings around successive Mexican governments, making them look corrupt, complicit and clueless. Yet, according to the Associated Press, which broke the story, he was captured without a shot being fired in the western resort of Mazatlán overnight. Mexican news reports said he was being flown to Mexico City for formal identification. They said the Mexican Navy took part in his capture in collaboration with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The New York Times published what it said was a photograph of the suspect with a few scrapes and bruises. SEE MORE…

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