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Mexico President: Drug Lord El Chapo Guzman Recaptured

January 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico President: Drug Lord El Chapo Guzman Recaptured

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Six months after busting out of a federal prison in Mexico, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured, Mexico’s president said Friday.

According to Zeta newspaper, Guzman was captured in the town of Los Mochis, around 4 am Friday morning, after a wild shootout with the Mexican Navy that left five people dead.

“Mission accomplished: we have it. I want to inform Mexicans Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested,” President Pena Nieto said in a tweet from his verified Twitter account.

Guzman had been on the run since July 11, 2015, when he escaped through a subterranean tunnel that ran to the shower area of his cell in Altiplano Federal Prison.

Operations by the Mexican military intensified in the mountains of Sinaloa over the past three weeks in the search for the fugitive drug lord and other top Sinaloa cartel leaders believed to be hiding in the region, including Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Rafael Caro Quintero, the Mexican drug trafficker wanted by U.S. authorities for the 1985 murder of a DEA agent.

In recent days, U.S. law enforcement officials were very confident of Guzman’s imminent capture, even prompting one official to proclaim, “El Chapo’s days are numbered.

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Guzman has been a nightmare for both sides of the border. He reigns over a multibillion-dollar global drug empire that supplied much of the marijuana, cocaine and heroin sold on the streets of the United States.

The U.S. Justice Department described the Sinaloa cartel as “one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels.” It says Guzman was considered the world’s most powerful drug lord until his arrest in Mexico in February 2014.

“He is a complete savage,” CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said. “What they do, and how they do business, is based on complete terror. … They kill journalists, politicians, police officers, corrections officers. And then not just that person, but every member of their family.”

This is a breaking story and we will be providing updates.

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