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Mexico's most wanted drug lord Guzman captured

Published time: February 22, 2014 21:05
Edited time: February 24, 2014 13:46
Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman" (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman" (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

Mexico’s most wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Saturday. The arrest comes as a major victory for the government in its bloody war with drug cartels.

Guzman is the head of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel and is known as one of the world’s most powerful organized crime bosses.

The Sinaloa Cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine into the United States, and fought brutal wars with other Mexican gangs over turf and drug trafficking routes, Reuters reports.

Members of the Mexican Navy stand guard next to a helicopter transporting Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman", on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

The country’s most wanted man was arrested on Saturday following a month-long operation with help from US agencies, the government said. President Pena Nieto confirmed the capture via Twitter and congratulated security forces on their success.

A Mexican security source told Reuters that Guzman was detained in Mazatlan, a seaside resort in his northwestern home state of Sinaloa.

Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman (C) is seen sitting inside a Mexican federal police helicopter at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City February 22, 2014.(Reuters / Henry Romero)

Comments (34)

 

Rasly Walker 24.02.2014 21:16

he dosn't look like drug lord, he looks more like a guy that a drug lord would frame

 

Estavan Cruz 24.02.2014 15:56

Pt 3 What is done may not be able to be undone. But, we could certainly pursue other options to solve this issue. Stop doing the coca and the heroin and maybe there wouldn't be such a demand and thus the cartels would be much weaker and not as much of an issue? But to blame people for doing good for their family is the last place to point the finger. Yeah they broke our law coming here and it pisses me off too, but only a fraction of how mad I am at our govt. for facilitating it with their lack of real action, and lack of a solution. Our govt. plays us over this issue with doublespeak, and nothing ever comes of it.

 

Estavan Cruz 24.02.2014 15:55

Pt 2. Truth is, be mad at our government for not putting up a bigger fence armed to the teeth to keep them out, and be mad at the govt. for not going in and wiping out the cartels, but instead work with them, and even fastly and furiously provide weapons. What would you do if you didn't have a firearm to protect your family and your town, and the next one, and the next one were run by bloodthirsty thugs? I was all against amnesty, but what are you proposing to solve the issue? Mass deportation? Think about how violent and messy, and tied up in the courts that is going to be.

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