Experts Say 'El Chapo' Guzman's Conviction Won't Change Cartel Activity
WESLACO – Experts say Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s conviction won’t change the way law enforcement works.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says the recent conviction of El Chapo isn’t going to change gang activity currently operating in the county.
"We're always concerned and always looking for drug activity and gang activity," says Guerra.
Professor Guadalupe Correa Cabrera specializes in U.S. - Mexico relations and cartel activity.
She says cartels such as the Sinaloa are not family operations anymore.
Cabrera says someone filled El Chapo’s shoes long ago, and the strength of the cartel hasn’t weakened.
"These organizations are very complex and now they're not just left to one person," she says.
She says instead of focusing on suppliers and cartels, the nation needs to address drug addiction.
Cabrera says as long as there’s a drug demand, cartels will meet it.
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