Mexico: El Chapo Arrested Again


Mexico: Almost 6 months after his escape from Altiplano maximum security prison, cartel kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, has been re-arrested by Mexican authorities according to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto’s twitter account.

El Chapo was arrested in an early morning raid by an operation in coordination with the Mexican Federal Police and the Mexican Navy. The operation began at dawn in Los Mochis, a city north of Culiacan, the Sinaloa capital.

AP reports: “A federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name said Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa. He said Guzman was taken alive and was not wounded.”

“Mission accomplished: we have him. I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been detained.”

“Alleged images of the capture of “El Chapo” Guzman in Los Mochis. The Federal Government has not denied them…”

The raid resulted in the arrest of six people, five other people were killed and a marine was wounded but his injuries are not life threatening.

Marines allegedly seized two armored vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in today’s raid in Los Mochis.

Photo: SEMAR

Photo: SEMAR

Guzmán Loera, 58, was arrested February 22, 2014 and imprisoned in the maximum security prison, Altiplano, until last July 11 when he managed to escape through a tunnel, causing a severe impact on the credibility of the Mexican government inside and outside the country.

Guzmán, now back in custody, was presented to the media Friday evening in a press conference before being taken back to Altiplano maximum security prison – the same prison he escaped from last July.

Attorney General Arely Gómez announced in the press conference that investigators received a break in the case “when it was discovered that Guzmán Loera was intending to film a biographical film, to which end he sought communication with actors and producers.”

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