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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Dead? Guatemala Probes If Drug Lord Killed In Shootout

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    GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemalan authorities said Thursday they were investigating whether a man killed in a shootout near the border with Mexico was most-wanted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but hours later backtracked and said they hadn't even located a body or confirmed there was a gunfight.

    Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas first told Guatevision Television that two drug gangs had clashed in Peten, an area that has seen an increase in drug violence and that at least two men had died in the shootout.

    "We have to wait for all the technical information in order to determine if, in fact, one of the dead is of Joaquin `El Chapo' Guzman," Cuevas said.

    Later, Cuevas told Mexico's Televisa network that authorities hadn't yet found a body or the scene where reports said a shootout took place.

    He never said what led officials to think that one of the dead men might be Guzman.

    But Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera told The Associated Press that one of the victims physically resembled the drug lord. She said officials had asked the Mexican government to send Guzman's fingerprints to compare them to the man found inside a vehicle and to send investigators.

    However, Herrera's boss, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told the AP that it was residents of the town of San Francisco who had told officials of a gunbattle and reported that one of the people killed looked like Guzman.

    "The fact is we don't have any of this information confirmed," Lopez Bonilla said.

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Thursday that he had no information on the case.

    "I don't have any information that can confirm that," he told reporters.

    Peten province is an isolated area of jungle and ranches where 27 ranch workers were massacred in 2011 by the Zetas drug gang, a top rival for Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel.

    Guzman, who has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001, is one of the world's most dangerous and most wanted fugitives.

    He's also one of the richest: Forbes magazine has estimated his fortune at $1 billion.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/22/joaquin-guzman-dead_n_2738691.html?ncid=webmail1

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    I wonder if this actually happened or it was just speculation? Either way, will be interesting to find out who the dead cartel members were, and if it was El Chapo I wonder what will happen?
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    El Chapo: Mexican Drug Lord 'Shot Dead'

    The world's most powerful drug lord, Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman, has been killed in a gun battle between drug gangs, Guatemalan authorities suspect.

    The 58-year-old head of the Sinaloa cartel is thought to have been among the bodies left after the shoot-out in a remote rural area of Peten, in Guatemala.

    Residents who witnessed the clashes have told authorities that one of the two dead men resembled the Mexican drug baron.

    Police and soldiers are to search the area in an attempt to locate the scene of the fight on the border with Mexico where drug violence has increased.

    Joaquín Archivaldo Guzman Loera, also known as 'Shorty Guzman' because of his 5ft6in height, is one of America's most wanted criminals.

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=31500&stc=1&d=1361572625[/imgl][Picture: Police and soldiers are to search Peten to find El Chapo]

    He has been the most powerful drug lord since his rival was captured in 2003 and since 2009 has been named every year by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful people with an estimated fortune of $1bn.

    Last week he was named Chicago's Public Enemy No 1, a name not given to any criminal since Al Capone.

    JR Davis, president of the Chicago Crime Commission, said: "Not since the Chicago Crime Commission's first Public Enemy No. 1 has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquín Guzman."

    Chicago is one of the Sinaloa's most important cities, both as a place to sell drugs but also as a hub to distribute them across the US.

    US drug officers say El Chapo would "eat Capone for breakfast"

    The US sees him as such a threat that it has put a $5m reward for information leading to his capture.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency believe he has surpassed the infamous drug lord of the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, in terms of both his notoriety and the scale of his operation.

    He has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001.

    Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said that police and soldiers would begin searching the area on foot and in the air at first light today.

    However, the authorities have stressed they had only received reports of the battle from local people.

    Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas told Guatevision Television that two drug gangs had clashed in Peten.

    "We have to wait for all the technical information in order to determine if, in fact, one of the dead is of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman," Cuevas said.

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=31501&stc=1&d=1361573378[/imgl][Picture: Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar was captured by Mexican marines in June]

    Interior Department spokeswoman Carla Herrera said that one of the victims physically resembled the drug lord.

    She said officials had asked the Mexican government to send Guzman's fingerprints to compare them to the man found inside a vehicle and to send investigators.

    Peten province is an isolated area of jungle and ranches where 27 ranch workers were massacred in 2011 by the Zetas drug gang, a top rival for Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel.

    Friday 22nd February 2013
    http://news.sky.com/story/1055480/el-chapo-mexican-drug-lord-shot-dead
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