At a brief news conference this afternoon, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was why it has turned out to be so difficult to find and detain Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the powerful Sinaloa crime group.
Here is what she said:
“Well, let me just say, it took us 10 years to find Osama bin Laden. And we found him. You know what happened there. I’m not suggesting the same thing would happen to Guzman. But I am suggesting that we are persistent when it come to wrongdoers and those who do harm to both countries.”
The U.S. government considers Guzman the "world's most powerful drug trafficker." Guzman spent much of the 1990s in prison but a guard rolled him out of Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart on Jan. 19, 2001.
It is common to hear Mexicans suggest that there might be an equivalent of an “October surprise,” a pre-election blow to help the ruling party. Presidential elections are July 1. How much time would that give El Chapo?