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Mexico hunts for No. 2 after netting cartel boss

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:01 AM

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexican authorities are hunting for the number two leader of the country's most powerful drug cartel after capturing the gang's kingpin this weekend, an official said on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014.

Mexican marines swooped on Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - who had been on the run for more than a decade - in the Pacific beach resort town of Mazatlan on Saturday, giving the government a major victory in its struggle against drug violence.

Guzman's potential successor, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, is the next prime target of a vast operation against the cartel that has netted a dozen henchmen in recent weeks, the official in the attorney general's office told AFP.

"This process is continuing. One of the objectives now is 'El Mayo'," the official said on condition of anonymity.

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