MEXICO CITY (AP) - Like a Fortune 500 company losing its chief executive, the powerful Sinaloa cartel is likely to stay in business at least in the short term. That means the sale of billions of dollars of illegal drugs despite the arrest of its legendary leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
But the longer-term fate of a criminal ring likened to an international corporation is anything but clear. That's as authorities pursue other top leaders and weaker rivals dream of moving in.
Guzman's arrest Saturday was undoubtedly a major blow, coming on the heels of more than a dozen arrests of key lieutenants and lower-level operators in recent months. Yet the cartel still has a worldwide distribution network and is the major supplier of cocaine to the United States.
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