Date Published: April 11, 2014
Question: How will the Mexican government control the new drug violence that has manifested after Guzman’s apprehension?
So a few weeks ago Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, was captured. The population of Mexico as many other people from different countries were enthralled that this dude was finally apprehended, however, due to recent news, his capture may be doing more harm than good. With Guzman gone, there is the need for a new leader for his cartel, and people in the cartel don’t play when they want something.
There is a strong fear in Mexico that a lot of violence with break out with the new vacancy in the cartel. For example, just weeks after Guzman was attained, his security chief, Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gómez “El Bravo”, along with three other bodies, was found dead last Tuesday along a dirt road in Sinoloa. In the same vein, designer Miguel Caballero produced a fashion show in Mexico this week that showcased clothes that were resistant to tasers, revolvers, and AK 47’s….coincidence or nah?? Anyways, the Sinoloa state prosecutor stated that Gomez had received a shot in the head, and the other three bodies appear to have been tortured. Aponte Gomez was kind of a double agent for Guzman. He used to be a soldier in the Mexican military, and fought drug-trafficking in Sinoloa. A source from the state prosecutor’s office stated that it was Aponte Gomez who helped Guzman hide from the government by using a network of tunnels he had learned about in the military. This just goes to show how corruption is EVERYWHERE in Mexico. The Mexican people are really concerned that this drug violence will get worse, especially when people are battling for power. Guzman’s capture is however a good thing for rival cartels, because now they can take the opportunity during this time of conflict within Guzman’s crew.
The Mexican government didn’t really take any action to try and prevent these deaths...considering they had been warned by Guzman’s “secretary” that there was going to be a confrontation between Gomez and another man, Dámaso López Núñez "El Licenciado” (do all of the members have a weird nickname or..). The “secretary,” Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, told officials that there was a strong possibility that Lopez Nunez would succeed Guzman. He also stated, "They're going to think that it was El Licenciado who betrayed El Chapo, but I think that the sons (of Guzmán) have more affinity with El Negro Bravo." It also doesn’t help that Guzman was so rich that he made it on United State Forbes most powerful people list. Like, this dude has billions of dollars, can I replace him? The fact that Mexico finally captured the Osama Bin Laden of Mexico and it actually made conditions worse in the country, goes to show how hard it is to combat the drug cartels.