Po­lice nearly nab drug lord ‘El Chapo’

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MEX­ICO CITY | Much like the late Osama bin Laden, the man the U.S. calls the world’s most pow­er­ful drug lord ap­par­ently has been hid­ing in plain sight.

Mex­i­can fed­eral po­lice nearly nabbed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man in a coastal man­sion in Los Ca­bos three weeks ago, barely a day af­ter Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton met with dozens of other for­eign min­is­ters in the same south­ern Baja Penin­sula re­sort town.

Jose Cuit­lahuac Sali­nas, Mex­ico’s as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral in charge of or­ga­nized crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions, con­firmed Sun­day that there was a near miss late last month in the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to ar­rest the man who has be­come one of the world’s top fugi­tives since he es­caped prison in a laun­dry truck in 2001.

“We know he was there,” Mr. Sali­nas told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested 22 peo­ple af­ter raid­ing eight homes in the north­west­ern parish of St. James, which in­cludes the re­sort city of Mon­tego Bay. Many of Ja­maica’s pro­lif­er­at­ing lot­tery scams are based in St. James.

Po­lice said in a state­ment Sun­day that the sus­pects were be­ing ques­tioned and had not been charged. They also seized $800,000, sev­eral com­put­ers and 16 cars.

Mr. Chavez spoke on tele­vi­sion from Ha­vana, ac­com­pa­nied by many of his Cab­i­net min­is­ters in a pre­re­corded ap­pear­ance that re­sem­bled his reg­u­lar Sun­day tele­vi­sion and ra­dio pro­gram.

Mr. Chavez has said his Feb. 26 surgery in Cuba re­moved a ma­lig­nant tu­mor mea­sur­ing about 0.8 inches from the same lo­ca­tion in the pelvic re­gion where an­other tu­mor was extracted in June. He has de­clined to iden­tify the pre­cise lo­ca­tion or type of can­cer. agency said the re­mains of 167 peo­ple found in a cave in the coun­try’s south were part of a pre-his­panic ceme­tery dat­ing back some 1,300 years.

The Chi­a­pas state pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said au­thor­i­ties found the re­mains on Fri­day on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch in a re­gion Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants pass through while head­ing north.

Lo­cal farm­ers first came across the cave last week and alerted au­thor­i­ties.

Emilio Gal­laga of the na­tional an­thro­pol­ogy in­sti­tute said the first test re­sults show the re­mains come from a still-un­spec­i­fied pre-his­panic com­mu­nity dat­ing to the eighth cen­tury.

He said clay art­work that could have come from a pre-his­panic group also was found in the cave.

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