- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Local officials expressed surprise Saturday at a Roman Catholic bishop’s revelation that “everybody knows” that Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord lives in a remote mountain town in northern Mexico.

Bishop Hector Gonzalez Martinez told local media this week that the alleged leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel lives around the town of Guanacevi.

“Everybody knows it except the authorities,” he reportedly said.

But Arturo Gonzalez, a Guanacevi police commander, said Saturday that there has been no indication that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman lives in the old mining town in Mexico’s northern Durango state.

Mexican prosecutors have offered a $2.1 million reward for information leading to Guzman’s capture.

Also Saturday, the Mexican army announced it had seized a stash of 44 grenades and more than 14,000 rounds of ammunition from a pickup truck in the central state of Hidalgo.

No suspects were detained in Friday’s seizure.

More than 10,650 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon sent 45,000 troops onto the streets to directly confront the traffickers in 2006.

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