'El Chapo' Guzman News: Despite Capture, Sinaloa Cartel Leader Remains on Interpol 'Most Wanted'

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'El Chapo' on Interpol's 'Most Wanted' list. Interpol

Despite the fact that news of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's capture has spread around the world, the Sinaloa Cartel leaders still appears as one of the 'Most Wanted' on Interpol's list: the drug lord is still under the organization's "red notice," the highest level of security. The Mexican Attorney General's office has apparently forgotten to put through the details of Guzmán's capture - it is their responsibility to notify Interpol if one of the fugitives on the 'red notice' list is capture. 

On Interpol's official website, 'El Chapo' is still listed as one of the most wanted criminals, along with six photographs of the drug lord that were taken in 1993 when he first entered federal prison. The website also states: "If you have any information please contact your local or national police force." One would think that someone would have informed Interpol of Guzmán's capture. Or maybe, like some Mexicans, they don't believe it's really him?

This is likely just another foible by the Mexican government when it comes to updating Interpol - and 'El Chapo' isn't the only one. The website also lists Ramón Arellano Félix among its most wanted list: Félix was assassinated in Mazatlan, Sinaloa in 2002. Likewise, Mexico's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam announced that he had asked Interpol to place Gaston Azcarraga, who is wanted for money laundering, on its most wanted list. However, the red notice has not appeared on Mr. Azcarraga. 

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.