By Lewis Dean
The FBI landed a blow to the world’s most powerful gang last week when it seized $100m (£62m) from the feared Sinaloa drugs cartel.
Nearly 1,000 officers took part in the major Los Angeles takedown in an attempt to destabilise the Mexican racket.
At one location during the operation on Wednesday 10 September, FBI agents seized nearly $3m in cash and searched dozens of businesses in the city’s trendy fashion district alleged to have laundered money for Mexican drug cartels.
Crimes the cartel are accused of – including drugs trafficking, hostage taking, and money laundering in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the US and Mexico – built former gang leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman a $1bn fortune and in 2012 a berth at number 63 in Forbes magazine’s The World’s Most Powerful People list (in 2013, he dropped to 67).