How an uneducated boy in rural Mexico became the world's most powerful drug lord

  • by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 1, 2014 - 6:03 PM

It was nighttime in May of 1990, in the heyday of the cocaine boom across America. Twenty Mexican federal police officers and a handful of U.S. Customs agents, acting on a tip, descended on a stucco home on the edge of Agua Prieta, Mexico — a stone's throw from Arizona. "Policia," they yelled, guns drawn, before busting down the front door.

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