MEXICO CITY, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The recapture of Mexican chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has not impacted the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Colombia, from where it continues to ferry drugs, according to a Colombian police chief.
Speaking during a visit to the Mexican state of Morelos, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, the director general of public security for Colombia's national police, said that the activity of the Sinaloa cartel has not dropped since El Chapo's recapture in January.
"It (the activity) has not dropped, it has diversified," said Rodriguez to the press, during the 6th International Congress for the Fight Against Kidnapping and Extortion in the town of Jojutla in Morelos.
For years, Colombian and Mexican authorities have flagged the Sinaloa cartel as being responsible for transporting cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, with most of it then being sold in the U.S..
Rodriguez explained that El Chapo's lieutenants have been running operations, along with other groups who have used his capture to enter the drug trafficking space.
Mexican army and naval operatives arrested the drug trafficker on January 8 in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, six months after he made a dramatic escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison in the central State of Mexico.
Two federal courts in the American states of California and Texas have demanded his extradition but El Chapo filed an appeal against being sent to the U.S., which was temporarily granted in June.