The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World’s Top Drug Lord

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Daniel_Stuckey writes “The contacts on Zambada-Ortiz’s phone, which officials seized, would prove critical in pinpointing cartel stash houses strewn across Sinaloa state in mountainous northwest Mexico. Crucially, the episode would breathe new life into the joint US-Mexico dragnet that recently caught Chapo, who’d been at large for 13 years after famously escaping from Mexican prison in a laundry basket. Zambada-Ortiz’s capture and the data scraped from his phone led to more and more Sinaloa phones until a month ago, when Mexican authorities (moving on American intelligence work) successfully carried out a number of raids that scored a cache of weapons and the arrests of a few of Chapo’s senior henchmen. With each apprehension came another phone full of leads, ‘a new trove of information for officials to mine, ‘ as TIME reported. Then, sometime last week, Mexican commandos ‘traced a number stored in a seized cell phone to a stash house outside the provincial capital of Culiacan, where they believed Guzman was hiding, ‘ TIME added.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World’s Top Drug Lord

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