Guatemalan authorities are currently investigating whether a man killed in a shootout near the border Mexiccan border is actually notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas told reporters two drug gangs had clashed in Peten.
“We have to wait for all the technical information in order to determine if, in fact, one of the dead is of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,” Cuevas said.
Sky News Reports:
The 58-year-old head of the Sinaloa cartel is thought to have been among the bodies left after the shoot-out in a remote rural area of Peten, in Guatemala.
Residents who witnessed the clashes have told authorities that one of the two dead men resembled the Mexican drug baron.
Police and soldiers are to search the area in an attempt to locate the scene of the fight on the border with Mexico where drug violence has increased.
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzman Loera, also known as ‘Shorty Guzman’ because of his 5ft6in height, is one of America’s most wanted criminals.
He has been the most powerful drug lord since his rival was captured in 2003 and since 2009 has been named every year by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful people with an estimated fortune of \$1bn.