Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been recaptured and sent back to the maximum-security prison he escaped from six months ago
El Chapo was paraded before cameras before being bundled into a helicopter to Altiplano prison in central Mexico, BBC reported. He escaped from there in July through a tunnel dug in the showers.
Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel dominates the Mexican drug trafficking network in the U.S., with a presence stretching across the 48 continental states and into Alaska and Hawaii, according to data published last year by the DEA.
Guzman was arrested on Friday in the city of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa – which he had come to dominate through the drugs cartel he led. During the early-morning raid, he managed to flee through a drain but was later caught by marines in a shootout. Six people, including one marine, are reported to have been killed.
Part of the reason he was tracked down was because he contacted actors and producers in the hope of making a film about his life, Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez said. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto described Guzman’s arrest as a “victory for the rule of law”.