What looked like the biggest achievement for Mexican law enforcement in years turned out to be a big “oops.” Al Jazeera reports.
“…the Mexican navy identified that man as Jesus Alfredo Guzman. But identity tests carried out by prosecutors proved that he’s actually Felix Beltran and he’s a worker at a used car dealership.”
Mexican officials paraded Felix Beltran Leon in front of the media — claiming he was the son of Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman — the country’s biggest drug lord. BBC sayswithin hours of the arrest, doubt started being cast on the official version of events.
“A lawyer proclaiming to speak for the Guzman family released a statement denying that the suspect in custody was the drug boss’s son…(Felix) Leon’s mother then spoke to journalists and denied any link to Joaquin Guzman or the Sinaloa cartel…”
The Sinaloa cartel controls much of the flow of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine to the United States. According to U.S. court documents the drug lord’s son — Jesus Guzman — was caught in taped conversations discussing heroin shipments for his father. The Sydney Morning Herald has a quote from the Mexican Navy.
“‘Intelligence sources say (Jesus) Guzman… was co-ordinating the movements of most drugs sent to the United States by the Sinaloa cartel…(Jesus) Guzman…was taking an increasing amount of control of the Sinaloa cartel operations.’”
The Herald Sun reports Mexico’s president has been criticized in the past for going too easy on Joaquin Guzman. And this capture might’ve been politically motivated.
“With less than 10 days to go before Mexicans go to the polls to elect a new president, the [incumbent]is trailing far behind [the] front runner … ”
Joaquin Guzman has been ducking Mexican authorities since his 2001 escape from a maximum-security prison — in a laundry basket. The elder Guzman is listed by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world.
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