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Sinaloa Drug Cartel Can Continue

Sinaloa Drug Cartel Can Continue Without 'Chapo' Guzman, Experts Say by Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

The capture of reputed Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán sent shockwaves throughout the drug-trafficking world but experts say it's too soon to predict what may happen next.

Guzmán, who became a household name, enjoys both celebrity status and the eagerness of U.S. prosecutors who want to take him to court on a variety of drug and arms-trafficking charges.

The apparent calm in Juárez - once the bloodiest Mexican battleground during the notorious cartel wars - continued this week following Guzmán's surprising arrest a week ago, said Victor Manjarrez, associate director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Texas at El Paso…

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