“One thing is for certain this weekend: Guzmán's power will not wither with his arrest. What is never certain in Mexico is where the next carnage will fall – only that it will, for Mexico's war is not only Mexico's business, it is the world's, as long as Europe and America cherish their insatiable need for drugs, and the business thrives – the profits banked – with impunity. In that landscape, Chapo's arrest is just another stepping stone.”
Head of the Sinaloa cartel rose to the top through a combination of political nous and ruthlessness, writes Ed Vulliamy
theguardian.com, Saturday 22 February 2014 16.06 EST
"Estimates are that $500 billion to $1 trillion of international criminal proceeds are moved internationally and deposited into bank accounts annually. It is estimated that half of that money comes to the United States”, Senator Carl Levin.U.S. and European too big to jail banks pull down at least 20% interest rates on cartel deposits.
How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it
By Matt Taibbi
February 14, 2013 8:00 AM ET