The country’s most notorious drug cartel leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was arrested February 22 by Mexican and U.S. officials.
Mexican media say troops arrested Guzmán in Mazatlán—a popular tourist destination in Sinaloa state—at a family gathering at a local hotel. The 56-year-old faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the capture a “landmark achievement” as he praised the DEA for its role in tracking down Guzmán.
Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam told reporters that Guzmán and an unnamed collaborator were captured at 6:40 a.m. by members of the navy “without a single shot being fired”. He said that medical personnel were called in to confirm Guzmán’s identification.
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