Mexico’s Most-wanted Drug Lord, El Chapo Guzman Has Been Recaptured

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Mexican authorities recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman six month after he escaped from a maximum-security jail.

Following a bloody raid, Guzman, one of the world’s most-wanted drug lords whose Sinaloa cartel smuggled cocaine, heroine and methamphetamines to the United States was captured.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the news on his Twitter page: “Mission completed: we’ve got him. I’d like to inform the Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained”.

El Chapo (aka Shorty) escaped from jail through a 1.5km (mile) long tunnel dug in the showers but was captured by Mexico’s navy in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa state.

Guzman’s capture represents a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico as he has been a symbol of the Mexican government’s ineptitude and corruption. He has led one of the country’s most powerful and violent drug cartels and escaped maximum-security prisons not once, but twice.

However, despite being the leader of one of the world’s most powerful and violent drug cartels, Shorty was seen by some in Sinaloa – where there are few job opportunities – as a modern-day Robin Hood figure who could offer more security to people than the government.

Source: CNN|BBC



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