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Meet the world's MOST WANTED man

Last updated on: May 19, 2011 08:11 IST

Meet the world's MOST WANTED man

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Mexico drug baron Joaquin Guzman Loera has been named the world's most wanted man following Osama bin Laden's death.

International security officials have been hunting for Loera for the past ten years.

He had escaped from a Mexican high-security prison in a complex break out that reportedly cost him 2.5 million pounds, the Daily Mail reports.


Image: Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman Loera is seen in Almoloya, Mexico's high-security jail, in this June 10, 2000 file photo
Photographs: Reuters
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He is responsible for killing 38,000 people

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He is believed to be the man behind a bloody cartel drug war that has so far killed 38,000 people.

Loera reportedly heads a billion dollar drug empire and possesses personal fortune capable of rivalling those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

The most wanted drug baron, who has earned the nickname 'El Chapo' because of his short height, reportedly runs shipments from Columbia into Mexico and on to the United States.


Image: Mexican federal police officers salute during a ceremony in honour of officer Pedro Camacho, who was killed during an operation against Joaquin Guzman's drug cartel
Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters
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He started Mexico's deadly cartel wars

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Loera is believed to be responsible for more deaths in the United States than bin Laden because of his drug transportation business and the dangers associated with it.   

He is accused of starting Mexico's cartel wars when his hitmen assassinated the leader of the Juarez cartel and his wife in 2004 in a bid to take control of the city of Cidudad Juarez, breaking the pact of non-aggression that had previously existed.


Image: A marine carries packs of cocaine at a naval base in Manzanillo. The Mexican government said it belonged to drug lord Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman
Photographs: Daniel Aguilar/Reuters
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