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    Mexico admits mistake in high-profile drug case

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Mexico has admitted it had mistakenly claimed to have captured a son of Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, which the ruling party had hailed as a major victory in its war on cartels.

    Mexican marines seized the man on Thursday outside Guadalajara and flew him to Mexico City, where they paraded him
    in front of the media and identified him as Jesus Alfredo Guzman, alias "El Gordo" or "The Fat One".

    The man's lawyer, Veronica Guerrero, told a news conference earlier on Friday her client's real name was Felix Beltran and that he was an innocent car dealer.

    The federal attorney general's office said late on Friday the man arrested was indeed Beltran, without giving any further details.

    Al Jazeera's Franc Contreras has this report from Mexico City.