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Mexican drug ring to carry on without Guzman

Updated: 2014-02-26 07:16
By Agencies in Mexico City ( China Daily)

The powerful Sinaloa cartel is expected to go right on selling billions of dollars of illegal drugs despite the takedown of its legendary leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who leaves in place a sophisticated distribution network and business plan.

Guzman's capture on Saturday was undoubtedly a major blow for a criminal ring likened to a Fortune 500 company - the loss of its chief executive coming on the heels of more than a dozen arrests of key lieutenants and lower-level operators in recent months.

Yet the cartel remains the major supplier of cocaine to the United States, and the arrest did not touch the cartel's immense political power, nurtured through the bribery of officials, or its thriving money laundering operations.

Mexican drug ring to carry on without Guzman