'El Chapo' Recaptured: Mexico Takes Slippery Drug Lord In Custody
- by: Alan Duke
- (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:44:03 Z)
Mexico's president tweeted big news Friday, informing his citizens that notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera has been recaptured. "El Chapo" has been a fugitive since his spectacular escape from a Mexican prison last year.
"Mission accomplished : we have it. I want to inform Mexicans Joaquin Guzman-Loera has been arrested," President Enrique Peña Nieto wrote in a Spanish language tweet.
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.-- Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
Associated Press quotes an unnamed source saying Guzman-Loera was captured after a shootout with Mexican marines Los Mochis, which is a city in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.
"My appreciation to the Security Cabinet of the Government of the Republic for this important achievement for the rule of law in Mexico," the president also tweeted.
Mi reconocimiento al Gabinete de Seguridad del Gobierno de la República por este importante logro en favor del Estado de Derecho en México.-- Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
The U.S. government offered a $5 million reward for help in finding and catching Guzman-Loera after he escaped through a tunnel last July.
"Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman-Loera has destroyed lives and communities throughout the United States and Mexico and his capture is a high priority for DEA," Acting Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg said last year. "His escape poses a danger to the safety and security of both our countries."
The Mexico government has refused in the past to extradite Guzman-Loera to face 11 criminal indictments in the United States.