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2011-04-21

Right-hand Man of Mexican Cartel Boss “El Chapo” Guzmán Arrested

AFP

One of cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s right-hand men in northwestern Mexico has been detained by military personnel, the Secretariat of Defense announced in a statement.

Raúl Sabori Cisneros (“El Negro” [“The Black”]) was detained on 16 April in an operation without “a single shot fired,” the statement emphasized.

The detainee is the “chief operator and second-most-important man in the state of Sonora – on the border with the United States – for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s organization,” the statement added.

Sabori Cisneros is accused of the kidnapping and murder in 2010 of two police officers from Sonora (in western Mexico), whose bodies were found this year, and also of killing a member of the musical group Los Alazanes [The sorrel horses] in 2008.

Since his escape from prison ten years ago, Guzmán has achieved control of the Sinaloa cartel, considered the most important of the seven that operate in Mexico, and a spot on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest and most influential men.

Disputes between his organization and other cartels, according to the government, led to 34,600 deaths between December 2006 and 2010. At least 3,000 deaths this year should be added to that total, independent tallies published periodically by the Mexican daily newspapers agree.

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