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This combo of photographs released by Mexico’s Attorney General Office (PGR) with identification mapping marks made by the source to point out similarities in face measurements, shows Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, using images made from his 1993 and 2014 detentions. The images at right were taken after his Feb. 22, 2014 arrest, and the photos at left were taken after his detention in 1993. The PGR used the pictures, among other tests, to determine that the man detained on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 was indeed the drug lord. Guzman was recaptured in Mexico’s Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run as fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/PGR)

This combo of photographs released by Mexico’s Attorney General Office (PGR) with identification mapping marks made by the source to point out similarities in face measurements, shows Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, using images made from his 1993 and 2014 detentions. The images at right were taken after his Feb. 22, 2014 arrest, and the photos at left were taken after his detention in 1993. The PGR used the pictures, among other tests, to determine that the man detained on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 was indeed the drug lord. Guzman was recaptured in Mexico’s Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run as fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/PGR)

In this image released by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is photographed against a wall after his arrest in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico. An operation through the western Mexican state of Sinaloa last week netted the world’s top drug lord, who was captured early Saturday by U.S. and Mexican authorities in Mazatlan, officials from both countries said. (AP Photo/PGR)

In this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 photo released by Mexico’s Attorney General Office (PGR), Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman opens his mouth for a DNA test after his detention in Mexico City. Guzman was captured on the morning of Feb. 22, 2014 in Mexico’s Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run as fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/PGR)

In this image released by the Mexico Attorney General’s Office on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramirez is photographed against a wall right after he was arrested along with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico. An operation through the western Mexican state of Sinaloa last week netted the world’s top drug lord, who was captured early Saturday by U.S. and Mexican authorities in Mazatlan, officials from both countries said. (AP Photo/PGR)

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CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Not everyone is happy over the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Hundreds of people marched on the streets of this western Mexico city on Wednesday demanding that Mexican authorities free the boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. Many said he provides needed jobs in poor mountain areas.

Norteno musicians played trumpets while high school students in uniforms held up signs reading “We want Chapo free” and “We Love Chapo” as they paraded in Culiacan, state capital of Sinaloa state, which is the cartel’s bastion.

Demonstrators also said they opposed any attempt to extradite Guzman to the U.S., where he faces several drug-trafficking charges in different states.

Police officers tried to scatter the protest, and a few of the demonstrators began throwing water bottles at them as the march broke up. Officers responded with tear gas and took some protesters into custody.

“We support Chapo Guzman because he is the one who gives us jobs and helps out in the mountains,” said Pedro Ramirez, who said he traveled in a group of 300 from Badiraguato, a town in the Sierra Madre where Guzman was born poor 56 years ago.

It was a rare display even in a country where drug lords inspire folk songs and books and are looked up to by young men in rural areas. In December 2010, about 100 people marched through the state capital of Michoacan to show support for the chief of La Familia cartel, who had just been killed during two days of battles with federal police.

Wednesday’s relatively large turnout may have to do with the uncertainty felt by Sinaloans over the future of the multibillion-dollar illegal drug business, which provides a boost for their agricultural state. Experts say Guzman’s arrest won’t slow the Sinaloa cartel, but many people are anxious the area’s economy may be disrupted.

“El Chapo” is widely considered the world’s most powerful drug lord. In rulings Tuesday, two federal judges said he will have to stand trial on separate drug-trafficking and organized-crime charges in Mexico. The Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday he also faces organized-crime charges in six other cases in four Mexican states and in Mexico City.

Guzman, who escaped from a western Mexico prison in 2001, is to remain in Mexico’s highest-security prison. The government has said he will not soon be extradited to the U.S., where Guzman has been indicted in California, New York and other states.

Earlier Wednesday, the self-described “assistant” to Guzman was charged with possessing illegal weapons when he was captured this weekend with his boss, the Attorney General’s Office said.

U.S. officials have said that intelligence about the suspect, Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramirez, was key in leading Mexican marines to a condominium in the Pacific Coast city of Mazatlan where Guzman’s years as fugitive came to an end Saturday.

The marines raided the condo and caught Hoo Ramirez, also known as “Condor,” with two rifles, two handguns, ammunition and a grenade launcher.

Hoo Ramirez told authorities he had been working as an assistant to Guzman for three years, said an official, who agreed to discuss the suspect’s status only if not quoted by name because he was not authorized to speak to the press. U.S. law enforcement has said he was Guzman’s chief of communications.

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