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Heirs To El Chapo: Who Will Be Sinaloa Drug Cartel's Next Boss?

Its long-time leader awaits sentencing in the U.S, but the international drug empire Mexico's Joaquin Guzman helped build is going strong. Who will be the next kingpin?

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman under arrest
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman under arrest
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BUENOS AIRES — Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the 61-year-old crime boss from Mexico, will probably spend the rest of his life in jail after a New York jury found him guilty on 10 charges of drug trafficking, possession of arms and money-laundering. But the Sinaloa Cartel he ran is still a huge, globe-stretching business. And it has heirs.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) believes the cartel is now being led by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, 70, who is said to prefer negotiations, business acumen and long-term planning over violence. Next in line are El Chapo's two sons — Iván and Alfredo Guzmán — who are presumed to be in charge of weapons, logistics and small-scale drug sales.

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