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U.S. Official: Authorities detected no major changes in the drug trade since “El Chapo’s” arrest

December 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Official: Authorities detected no major changes in the drug trade since “El Chapo’s” arrest

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A senior State Department official said U.S. authorities haven’t seen big changes in the drug trade in the two years since the apprehension of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

James Walsh, Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement for the State Department made the admission speaking at a international conference on drug abuse in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday.

“What I am hearing is the changes aren’t significant because the consumption and the demand is still there,” Walsh said.

Authorities in Mexico recaptured Guzman in January 2016 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa after his second escape from a maximum security prison.

Guzman was extradited to New York exactly one year later, where he has pled not guilty to an indictment charging him with running the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics James A. Walsh said authorities have detected no changes since the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

Mexico has also experienced an uptick in violence since the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Internal divisions and infighting that erupted between various Sinaloa Cartel factions vying to fill the power vacuum engulfed Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa after his arrest.

Walsh also addressed the rising addiction rate taking hold in Mexico, which comes on the heels of a national survey conducted by the Mexican government indicating a sharp rise in drug abuse among adolescents.

The U.S. official urged the global community to stop stigmatizing substance abuse and treat addiction as a worldwide health issue.

“The drug addiction crisis which is afflicting my country, as it afflicts so many of your countries, is an international problem which requires an international solution. It requires a comprehensive, integrated solution that treats addiction as a health issue, and one that effectively reduces demand while limiting supply.”

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