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'Chapo' Guzman in Bolivia?

BOLIVIA / 2 SEP 2011 BY RONAN GRAHAM EN

An investigation by TV network Univision suggest that fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias 'El Chapo,' has been expanding his operations in Bolivia, relying on a network of powerful contacts.

Bolivian government documents obtained by Univision indicate that Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, has taken advantage of the “environment of corruption” which exists in that country, enabling him to expand his cocaine business.

According to the news agency, it is stated in the government documents that one of Guzman's sons has been living in Bolivia under a false identity and posing as a Bolivian.

The report states that at least 40 prominent individuals, among them high ranking police officers, lawyers and businessmen, are involved in drug trafficking and have assisted Guzman.

One document suggests that General Oscar Nina, Bolivia’s anti-drug police chief, has been corrupted by drug trafficking gangs.

Bolivian government minister Sasha Llorenti is been accused of failing to properly investigate links between disgraced former police general Rene Sanabria and drug traffickers.

Sanabria, a former head of Bolivia’s counternarcotics force, is facing charges in the U.S. of running a cocaine trafficking ring with links to Guzman.

Guzman, still at large, is one of the world's most wanted fugitives and has an estimated fortune of $1 billion.

See Univision's full video report, below.

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