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Officials: Mexican drug lord arrest could impact central Wisconsin

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MARATHON CO. (WAOW) - Marathon County Sheriff's officers say the arrest of a Mexican drug lord could have an impact in central Wisconsin.

Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," was caught in Mexico over the weekend in a joint Mexican-U.S. operation. Authorities say Guzman's cartel is a $3 billion dollar a year empire, which is responsible for 25 percent of all the drugs entering the United States and 80 percent of drugs in Chicago.

Marathon County Sheriff's officers say Chicago is one of the drug hubs that supplies illegal substances to central Wisconsin.

Chief Deputy Chad Billeb says drugs will still find their way into Marathon County anyway.

"The reality is until we can stop it completely, there's always going to be someone to take their place," said Billeb. "That's why law enforcement both at local level as well as the federal level has to be working on these cases."

He says Marathon County may now see an influx of drugs coming from the twin cities, Rockford and Milwaukee.

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