On CNN.com yesterday (Sept 19th) at 5:07PM the article a “Major Mexican drug lord captured” was released revealing the capture of one of the major drug lords, Jose Carlos Moreno Flores, also nicknamed “The Fever”. Flores’s drug cartel is located in Guerra, right next to the popular beach in Acapulco, which is pretty crazy for me to think about since I’ve heard all this talk on the radio this past summer about American’s different opinions on vacationing and touring in Mexico, specifically in Acapulco. Everyone had something different to say emitting emotions of fear, worry, and concern over the safety of the area, whereas others had no problem with the idea of that dangerously surrounded environment.
The article goes on to say that catching Flores was a big feat because of his close tie to the biggest drug lord of all time, Joaquin Guzman. Their relationship is vaguely described as Flores acting as his lieutenant. Reading further into it they mention the appearance of Guzman’s name in the Forbes Magazine list of the world’s most powerful people, claiming his spot at number 60, worth $1 billion. In my opinion, that’s a ridiculous thing to do, because it seems as if they are endowing him with special recognition, as if the way he makes his money is something noble or something worth noticing world-wide. He’s using blood money to get to this powerful position, and by adding his name to this list, it might lead some ignorant people to believe that this is something that Mexico is proud of…something worth paying attention to.
Moving on, the article explains the following about Guzman saying, “Mexico’s top drug kingpin lord, who’s reportedly 54, was captured in Guatemala in 1993, but escaped eight years later.” I’m not sure if I may be over thinking this, but that seems a little fishy to me. He was locked up for 8 whole years and suddenly escapes? How long had he been planning his escape, and more importantly planning his ultimate dominion of the mexican drug cartels? He obviously had people helping him prepare and carry out his plan of action outside of prison, and maybe even inside the prison as well! The latter is just me thinking cynically, but realistically as well, since the “prison escape” story has been repeated time and time again.
Continuing, “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Guzman.” At first I was skeptical of this plan of action on the United States part, but when delving into the heart of the situation you have to think about who’s going to give Guzman’s location away, and how much it would require for them to do that (their asking price). It only makes sense that his collegues and operatives are the ones that know of his location, and those guys must be swimming in money, so $5 million seems somewhat reasonable for that very cause.
To wrap it up, they explain the increase of violence in the Chilpancingo area because of the Sinaloa Cartel (led by Flores) fighting a “turf war” with a rival cartel named “Los Rojos” (The Red Ones). They caught Flores and his followers in possession of “high-caliber weapons, communication equipment and one unspecified vehicle.” This capture consists of only a small percentage of all the drug cartels out there. But at least slowly but surely, we are making some form of progress everytime some villain is captured.