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Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Recaptured in Mexico

January 08, 2016  | 

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman culminates "days and nights" of collaborative work among Mexican intelligence and police agencies.

Guzman's capture confirms Mexican institutions' ability to "restore tranquility to Mexican families."

Mexican authorities snared drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in a bloody raid Friday aimed at capturing one of the world's most notorious and slippery criminals.

"Mission Accomplished," President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via Twitter. "We have him."

Members of Mexico's navy caught Guzman in an operation at about 4:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. ET) in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa state, a senior law enforcement official in Mexico told CNN. Several people aligned with Guzman died in the raid.

U.S. officials were aware of the operation to capture Guzman, according to a law enforcement official.

The Americans provided assistance in the search, but his capture was the Mexican government's operation, the official said.


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