Global Gathering — Mexico recaptures drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
Notorious drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was recaptured Friday as reported by Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto in a Twitter post.
"Mission accomplished: We have him. I want to inform all Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested." the president wrote, without giving further details.
According to Mexican newspaper El Universal, news of his arrest came after the Navy of Mexico reported that five gunmen were killed in a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, also northwest, but did not initially mention the drug leader.
Guzman was apprehended following a shoot-out with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, a coastal city in his home state of Sinaloa, in north-west Mexico.
El Chapo escaped the Altiplano maximum security prison in central Mexico on July 11 through a 1,500 meter tunnel that ran from the shower of his cell to a nearby house. American authorities had warned the Mexican government that Guzman’s associates would attempt to break him out of Altiplano and the successful escape damaged relations between the two countries’ anti-drug authorities.
The drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in the plane by marines
However, this was not his first escape. In 2001, with the help of prison officials and guards, he managed to escape from a prison in Puente Grande hidden in a laundry cart.
Guzman built his multibillion-dollar Sinaloa cartel into one of most powerful trafficking organizations in the world. Known also for its ruthlessness, Guzman and the cartel are responsible for the murders of thousands of Mexicans, including police officers and innocent civilians.
Footage showed El Chapo being led onto a plane by marines -
''a humiliating day for El Chapo''
The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (DEA) congratulated the Mexican government on the recapture of Guzman, "Congratulations. We are very excited...” DEA spokesman Lawrence Payne posted in response on Twitter. The DEA also said it salutes "the bravery involved in his capture."