SAN VALENTIN, Guatemala (AP) - A Guatemalan official says there's no evidence Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, had been killed in a shootout in the rural north.
Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla (boh-NEE'-yah) told local media that reports saying Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman might have died in a shootout were a misunderstanding.
Lopez said the original account was based on testimony from residents in San Valentin, Guatemala, near the Mexican border. However, soldiers and police scanning the area found no sign of any confrontation.
An Associated Press photographer in the area also found no signs of shootout or victims - just a checkpoint of 12 soldiers stopping vehicles in an area considered to be held by Mexico's Zetas cartel, Guzman's biggest rivals.