El Chapo Arrested? Infamous Cartel Leader Reportedly Recaptured [UPDATED]
Escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, better known throughout the world as "El Chapo," has been captured.
Or at least that's according to Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took to his official twitter account to announce the big news.
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
"Mission accomplished: we have him," the tweet reads in English translation. "I want to let the Mexican people know that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained.” Savvy news readers will recall that Guzman, who is the alleged head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was first captured in early 2014 and escaped from his Mexican prison in July via a reportedly elaborate tunnel.
UPDATE 2:29 PM EDT: According to the CNN, the arrest came when Mexican marines, acting on a tip, raided a house in Los Mochis during the early morning hours. Five people were killed and one marine was wounded in the confrontation.
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UPDATE 2:45 PM EDT: According to an anonymous source for the Associated Press, the five people killed in the gunfight were confederates of Guzman, but he was captured unharmed with five other suspects. The Mexican Navy also told the AP that the wounded Marine did not suffer any life threatening injuries.
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UPDATE 11:45 PM EDT: The New York Times is reporting that Guzman will be taken back to Antiplano, the very same maximum security prison he escaped from six months ago.
UPDATE Saturday, 1/9/16: According to The Guardian, it was Guzman's interest in making a biographical movie about his life and his attempts to contact with film producers and actors for the project that led authorities to his location.