Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ captured alive
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” was captured by Mexican marines after spending the past seven months on the run. Guzman broke out of a maximum security prison through a well-planned out tunnel. The marines received a tip on his location and proceeded to raid a Los Mochis home just before dawn. Marines were fired upon from inside the home. Five suspects were killed and six others were arrested. One marine was injured in the operation. After Guzman’s daring escape, through the tunnel dug beneath a shower stall in his cell, police arrested the prison governor and several guards. It was Guzman’s second successful escape.
Prior to Guzman’s time in prison, he was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and was labeled Public Enemy No. 1 by the Chicago Crime Commission. Guzman’s first escape was in 2001 and was able to spend more than 10 years on the run, allowing him to become the leader of the cartel. The cartel’s drug war with the United States has ravaged parts of Mexico and cost the lives of thousands. After fleeing the prison, Guzman traveled by land to the city of Queretaro, where officials say he caught a small plane to a mountainous region of Sinaloa, his home state and stronghold.
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