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The Last Narco

Malcolm Beith

Sinaloa, Mexico, April 2009. The bodies of a pair of undercover military intelligence agents, disguised as farmers, are dumped by the side of a road. Beside the corpses is a message on a scrap of paper: "You'll never get El Chapo."

Such is the fate of many who have dared to try to catch Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, or oppose him. El Chapo is the world's most wanted drug lord, at large since he escaped from prison in a laundry cart in 2001. His empire channels thousands of tons of marijuana, cocaine and heroin into the US each year by trucks, tunnels and planes. It has made him one of the world's richest men, included on the Forbes Billionaires' List 2009, and a folk hero to the Sinaloan people. But the net is finally closing.

There is no bigger crime story today, worldwide, than the Mexican drug war and the hunt for El Chapo. The Last Narco traces his life and the struggle to bring him to justice, through reportage and interviews with rival narcos, police, and DEA sources. It also tells a wider story - the brutal war between the cartels, the endemic state corruption, and the US complicity in a conflict that is killing more people than Iraq.

Malcolm Beith is a freelance reporter based in Mexico City since 2007. Between 2007 and 2009, he was the Mexico editor of The News, Mexico's national English-language daily. He writes regularly for Newsweek, covering the drug war, and has written for Foreign Policy magazine and other publications.

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198 x 129mm
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