Guzman's legendary criminal activity inspired songs and even a soap opera. It's an act few may be able to follow in Mexico, as two administrations have eliminated almost all top druglords.
Since the 1980s Mexico's criminal organizations have become increasingly globalized and sophisticated, but almost a century ago they were largely family organizations shipping bootleg liquor to the US.
One of Colombia's top drug traffickers – Daniel 'El Loco' Barrera – was captured by Venezuelan, Colombian, US, and UK officials. It's a great sign of regional cooperation, but other traffickers will likely fill the void.
A new Colombian series about the life of Pablo Escobar has reportedly broken audience viewing records and generated renewed interest in the kingpin nearly 19 years after his death.
Many think extradition to the US is a trafficker's worst nightmare, but many negotiate with US law enforcement for more lenient sentences resulting in dramatically reduced jail time, says a blogger.
On the eve of a meeting of the Venezuelan and Colombian presidents, police seized Maximiliano Bonilla and plan to extradite him to the US, where there is a $5 million reward for his capture.