Saturday, 22 February 2014

Kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Captured By U.S Authorities

Drug lord: Joaquin 'El Chapa' Guzman is led into a military helicopter following his arrest early Saturday morningMexico's most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured in Mexico in what would mark a major coup in a grisly fight against drug gangs, sources said.
After 13 years on the run, Guzman was captured early on Saturday morning in a hotel in Mazatlan, a resort city located on the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, by US and Mexican law enforcement officials,
The US had offered a $5mn reward for information leading to the arrest of Guzman, who is accused of being behind much of the drug violence that has plagued Mexico for years.

Notorious: Guzman is notoriously violent and has been compared to Pablo Escobar in terms of his ruthless tactics
Authorities in Chicago last year dubbed him the city's first ‘Public Enemy No.1’ since gangster Al Capone.
His arrest deals a major blow to Mexico's biggest drug cartel, an empire that stretches along the Pacific coast and smuggles drugs to the US,  Europe and Asia.
Mexican forces were acting on a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Agency and US Homeland Security intelligence, the official said.
The arrest is a major coup for the 14-month administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which captured the head of the ultra-violent and powerful Zetas drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino, in July 2013.
Nearly 80,000 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon sent in the army in early 2007 to quell the powerful drug bosses, a policy new President Enrique Pena Nieto has criticised but found tough to break with.

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