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July 18, 2013

Cartel leader’s capture will have little effect

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MEXICO CITY —

“Yesterday, thanks to the good coordination that exists between the government of the republic and state government agencies charged with security,” he said, “the apprehension of one of the most wanted criminals in our country was made possible.”

Analysts said the important capture would be used by the government as proof of its commitment to the drug war and possibly to distract from much vaunted reform programs that are not going so well.

“It does not sit badly at all that the capture comes when around the world doubts are surfacing about (Pena Nieto’s) reform agenda,” the hallmark of his administration, Carlos Puig, a journalist and political analyst, wrote in a column Tuesday in Mileno newspaper.

“No capture of an individual will have great impact on drug trafficking nor perhaps, sadly, the violence. But the value of Z-40 is something else and enormous: It gives breathing room” to a government that has yet to articulate its strategy, Puig said.

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