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Business as usual for Mexico’s drug trade

March 9, 2014


With no formal education but a brilliant business mind, Joaquin Guzman Loera rose from selling oranges on the street to fronting the world’s most powerful drug-trafficking organisation.

He had escaped prison, made billions of dollars and oversaw one of the bloodiest periods in Mexico’s history, but his reign finally came to an end on February 22 when masked marines frogmarched the short, scowling Guzman before the media and then whisked him off for interrogation. Now he is behind bars once again.

As the net tightened around him, Guzman fled into the sewers via an elaborate network of tunnels that linked seven safe houses in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state. He then drove south to a seafront condominium in the Pacific Ocean resort town of Mazatlan, where he was caught napping in an early-morning raid.

Visit Al Jazeera to read this feature in full.

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