Infamous drug kingpin Joaqun El Chapo Guzmn has been recaptured after escaping from a maximum security prison seven months ago, Mexican authorities said Friday.
One of the most wanted men in the world, Guzmn was apprehended in a pre-dawn shootout with navy forces in the city of Los Mochis, Mexico. Five suspects were killed and four were taken into custody. One marine suffered non-threatening injuries.
Mission accomplished, Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto tweeted on Friday. We have him.
Guzmn, who was born in Badiraguato, Mexico, is the head of the feared Sinaloa cartel, a multi-billion dollar narcotics enterprise that supplies much of the cocaine and heroin consumed in North America.
Believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s, Guzmn escaped from a maximum security prison in Julyhis second such escape since 2001through an elaborately constructed tunnel, which ran from his shower area to a construction site nearly a mile away in a Santa Juanita neighborhood.
Guzmn is nicknamed El Chapo (Shorty) due to his 5-foot, 6-inch stature. As leader of one of the worlds most powerful and violent drug cartels, his wealth is estimated at around $1 billion.
The U.S. government is expected in the coming days to make a strong case for extradition to the United States.
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