The arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, on Saturday was an event of enormous importance in the Mexican government’s fight against organized crime.

Mexican public opinion had long ago decided that this government, and the previous one, were not serious about hunting for Guzmán, preferring the relative stability and lower-violence approach of the Sinaloa cartel to the more militaristic style of other cartels, such as the Zetas.

That the government would go after, and successfully capture El Chapo shows that this perception is fundamentally flawed, and that the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto is committed to taking on those criminal groups that challenge its authority.

via El Chapo’s Arrest a Turning Point for U.S.-Mexico Ties — Fusion..