Saturday, February 22, 2014

Drugs war finally turns corner with arrest of kingpin Guzman

It's been a long time coming, but the drug warriors have finally got their man.

'El Chapo' Guzman is, according to media reports, the biggest drug lord of them all. His organization reputedly runs hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States every year. The capture of Guzman means that the supply of drugs in America will dry up in a matter of weeks.

Or not. What we have here is a nice headline and a good story. That picture of the three Mexican marines frog-marching Guzman to a helicopter while he's got his hands cuffed behind his back and a gun held to his head just screams photo-op, doesn't it?

The authorities have captured Guzman before, so we've got a case of deja vu all over again. Last time he spent seven or eight years running his empire from a high security Mexican prison. There was absolutely no impact on the supply of drugs on America's streets.

Nor will there be this time round.

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