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Colombian president who battled Pablo Escobar has some advice for Mexico in its hunt for ‘El Chapo’

The Mexican government is turning to Colombia for help in its hunt to find Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the fugitive drug kingpin of the feared Sinaloa Cartel.

A month after Guzman tunneled out of prison, there’s no indication Mexico is any closer to finding him. So now Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is requesting help from Colombia, which spearheaded a similar manhunt for infamous drug boss Pablo Escobar.

On Univision’s Al Punto, Jorge Ramos spoke to former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, who as president from 1990 to 1994 battled some of Colombia’s most vicious and sophisticated drug cartels, including Escobar’s.

“What’s happening in Mexico used to happen in Colombia,” Gaviria told Ramos. “I worry that Mexico hasn’t taken its security and justice issues as seriously as Colombia did.”

Gaviria urged Mexico to form a special military unit whose sole task is to hunt down Guzman. Any other piecemeal effort would be a mistake, the former Colombian president stressed.

To watch more of the interview in Spanish, click here.

Colombian president who battled Pablo Escobar has some advice for Mexico in its hunt for ‘El Chapo’

The Mexican government is turning to Colombia for help in its hunt to find Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the fugitive drug kingpin of the feared Sinaloa Cartel.

A month after Guzman tunneled out of prison, there’s no indication Mexico is any closer to finding him. So now Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is requesting help from Colombia, which spearheaded a similar manhunt for infamous drug boss Pablo Escobar.

On Univision’s Al Punto, Jorge Ramos spoke to former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, who as president from 1990 to 1994 battled some of Colombia’s most vicious and sophisticated drug cartels, including Escobar’s.

“What’s happening in Mexico used to happen in Colombia,” Gaviria told Ramos. “I worry that Mexico hasn’t taken its security and justice issues as seriously as Colombia did.”

Gaviria urged Mexico to form a special military unit whose sole task is to hunt down Guzman. Any other piecemeal effort would be a mistake, the former Colombian president stressed.

To watch more of the interview in Spanish, click here.

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