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Catching a Kingpin: The Hunt for ‘El Chapo’ and the Deadly Lessons of the Opioid Crisis

When drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, many people scored it as a major victory in America’s drug war. But in a conversation with TCR about his new book, Jack Riley, the DEA agent who helped bring Guzman to justice, said the country still hasn’t learned the real lessons of the struggle with opioid cartels and their enablers.

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El Chapo’s Next Home: the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’?

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Sinaloa drug cartel leader known as El Chapo, was convicted Tuesday in Brooklyn and is expected to spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison–most likely the Colorado supermax facility known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” But will it make any difference to the illicit drug trade?

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After El Chapo: Ignore Drug ‘Kingpins’, say Experts

As jurors begin deliberations this week in the trial of the Mexican drug boss, some observers fear a conviction, while welcome, could reinforce an outdated Washington strategy of going after “drug kingpins”—and complicate already dangerous power struggles in the deadly narcotics trade.

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