Notorious Drug Lord "El Chapo" Apprehended After Raid in Mexico
By: Jason Fisher, Xiro Xone News January 08, 2016
Fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted by the authorities to a Mexican Army helicopter in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Photo: EPA
Mexican authorities have apprehended drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in a bloody raid earlier Friday, recapturing one of the world's most notorious criminals.
Members of Mexico's navy caught Guzman in an operation in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa state. Several people aligned with Guzman died in the raid, the official said. The Mexican navy put the number of dead at five, with six others arrested. No navy personnel were killed, and only one was injured.
Peña Nieto said the recapture of Guzman culminates "days and nights" of collaborative work among Mexican intelligence and police agencies.
"They are a pride to our nation," he said, referring to the multi-agency operation in an address at the National Palace in Mexico City.
Without specifically mentioning how Guzman had already twice escaped from Mexican prisons, the Mexican President said the recapture of Guzman ought to restore Mexicans' faith in their government and justice system. Friday's announcement marked the third time that Guzman was captured by Mexican authorities.
"The arrest today is extremely important for the security institutions of the government," the President said. "Today our institutions have demonstrated one more time that our citizens can trust them, and our institutions are at the level that has the strength and determination to complete any mission that is granted to them."
Guzman's recapture represents a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico. For many, "El Chapo" has been a symbol of the Mexican government's ineptitude and corruption.
On Friday, Mexican authorities released a video of a person identified as Guzman, whose head was covered and who was being led by several armed officers from a vehicle to an airplane. Authorities released a video of a white structure where the raid occurred, and the footage showed several weapons.
In all, authorities seized four armored vehicles, eight rifles, a handgun, ammunition, and a tube rocket launcher with two charges, the navy said.