Police nearly nab drug lord ‘El Chapo’
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.