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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Mysterious wanted posters in Mexico

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ - Associated Press

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has plenty of enemies: Mexican police, the army, prosecutors on both sides of the border.

But nobody owns up to plastering wanted posters across Mexico that offer a $5 million reward for the alleged leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, prompting speculation that effort to capture him could be funded by rival gangs.

The federal attorney general’s office, President Vicente Fox’s office and the Mexican Defense Department say they had nothing to do with it.

There is a phone hot line and Internet address listed where people can provide information, in return for a chance at a $5 million reward — the same amount offered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for information leading to Guzman’s capture.

U.S. Embassy officials said they did not know who was behind the posters and had no indication the U.S. government was involved.


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