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posted by janrinok on Sunday March 02 2014, @07:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the gotcha dept.

dotdotdot writes:

"Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman used high-tech gadgetry to elude an international manhunt for 13 years.

Some of the communications equipment Guzman used was not generally available to consumers. The sophistication of the gear and Guzman's diligence deeply impressed investigators who were pursuing him. Among other practices, Guzman employed counter-surveillance scanners to detect transmitters hidden in rooms or carried by people with whom he was meeting.

The officials would not discuss the specific methods used over the last 13 years."

Ed's Note: There is more information in the article, although not in as much detail as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I would recommend giving it a read.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheLink on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:08PM

    by TheLink (332) on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:08PM (#9573) Journal

    Cynical me says it's more like he stopped behaving the way they wanted so they reeled him in (or they had some other reason to do so - as part of a deal with someone else).

    After all they let banks like HSBC, Wachovia etc launder billions of dollars of drug money without anyone going to jail! So clearly their priority is not to stop people like him. When it's billions of dollars flowing across the border via _banks_ I'm sure you can figure out where it is going and get the relevant people.

    Because Guzman was so well protected, he managed to attend family events and marry a local beauty queen in a well-attended bash in his home state of Sinaloa, all while keeping his multinational, billion-dollar drug empire thriving.

    If the banks didn't help launder all that billions he wouldn't have been able to keep "his multinational, billion-dollar drug empire thriving". And there would be fewer drug wars and far smaller and less well equipped drug lord armies.

    In contrast when they catch small fish laundering money they tend to go to jail - they don't get away with just paying a fine from their profits/revenues. They even catch people who make hidden compartments for cars...

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