Life After Fuentes

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MEXICO CITY: TIME's Elaine Shannon warns that the Drug Enforcement Administration should not count too heavily on the death of Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes throwing the Mexican drug trafficking business into chaos, not as long as the demand for the drugs remains strong: "The Fuentes organization will probably have some problems in finding a successor. Cartel lords tend not to groom them because they're afraid of being supplanted. But overall, the drug smugglers will move on . . . If Bill Gates died, would the computer industry fall apart?" Specifically, Shannon says the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix family, one of the Fuentes gang's main rivals in Mexico, will most likely move in to take up the slack.