Hooded, bare-chested, and a tap on his fat back – drug lord Guzman was caught, again.
During an early morning strike by Mexican police and marines in Town Los Mochis in northwestern state of Sinaloa on January 8, Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was hunted down, six months after his second prison break.
(Soundbite) MIGUEL ANGEL OSORIO CHONG, Interior Minister
“I want to read a twitter, which was released by the President. He said mission accomplished. We got him. I want to inform all Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera was arrested.”
The news was first broken by President Enrique Peña Nieto on his Twitter account, followed by a second message, saying that he thanked security forces for this “important victory for Mexico.”
During the foray into a house in Los Mochis at 06:00 a.m., security forces exchanged shots with suspected accomplices of Guzman, leaving at least five dead and six captured.
This was the third time that Guzman was seized , after being arrested in 1993 and 2014.
However, he pulled off two daring escapes from maximum-security prisons in 2001 hiding in a laundry cart, and in 2015 through a tunnel about a mile long leading into his jail cell.