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Guatemala Reports False Rumors of Death of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 78916
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2013-03-07
By: Louisa Reynolds

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, considered Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpin, did not die in a shooting in northern Guatemala, as was mistakenly reported by the Guatemalan authorities. Rumors of Guzmán’s presence in Guatemala were sparked on Feb. 20 by a leaked email from Texas-based global intelligence firm Stratfor that stated, "We believe El Chapo is currently hiding out in Petén, Guatemala, near the Mexican border." Giatemalan authorities initially gave credence to the report, suggesting that someone resembling "El Chapo" had been killed. They later recanted, apologizing for what they described as a "misunderstanding."

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