News from Around the Americas | March 2008
|El Chapo Guzman Possibly Dead|
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Guatemala - New from overnight; the leader of the Sinaloa cartel was allegedly killed in a gun battle.
|Guzman - Leader of Sinaloa Cartel|
Right now Guatemalan police are running blood tests on the charred bodies of three victims of a violent gun battle to see if Mexico's most-wanted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is among them.
Eleven people died in a shootout with high-caliber weapons and grenades on Tuesday.
The shootout happened in front of a hotel, near the border with El Salvador.
Guzman has been on the run since 2001, when he escaped from a maximum-security Mexican prison in the back of a laundry van.
Since then he has been the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which is notorious for digging long tunnels across the border to smuggle drugs.