Notorious Drug Lord El Chapo Recaptured, Says Mexican President
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious Mexican drug lord commonly referred to as "El Chapo," has been recaptured. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced this via a tweet on Friday.
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido. — Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
The tweet reads,
Mission accomplished: We have him. I want to inform the Mexicans that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been detained.
Guzmán was reportedly captured after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, located in the state of Sinaloa (which also happens to be Guzmán's home state), AP reports. Five people were killed and one Mexican marine was wounded in this skirmish.
In July, El Chapo became an international headline when he escaped from Altiplano prison near Mexico City.
There's been a massive manhunt for him since that time; his escape was a huge source of embarrassment for the Mexican government.
Guzmán, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is perhaps the most infamous drug lord in Mexico -- a country plagued by drug-related violence that's killed thousands of people. Accordingly, this is a big victory for the Mexican government.