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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels- BBC

Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Citizens police Mazatlan village in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico, on January 28, 2014.  
 
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Saturday’s capture of “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, was hailed as a major victory in the war against the international drug trade.

But the tentacles of El Chapo’s narcotics empire extend far beyond the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where Guzman was born.

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The crime syndicate has a presence in 17 Mexican states and as many as 50 countries, with connections to criminal groups in Columbia, Southeast Asia, Europe and the U.S. And it is run, in many ways, as efficiently and as well organized as a multi-national corporation.

So with El Chapo out of the game, will Sinaloa even feel the loss?

Joining The Takeaway is Mike Vigil, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent who spent 13 years of his 31-year career working in Mexico. He weighs in on what authorities can do to make headway in breaking up these drug empires.

Guests:

Mike Vigil

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael