El Chapo’s arrest was announced by Mexican government official, Enrique Pena Nieto, on Twitter in a message translated by Reuters to mean:
“Mission completed: we’ve got him. I’d like to inform the Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained,”
Reports indicate that five people were killed and one marine was wounded in a shootout which occurred during an operation to capture the kingpin in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa.
This is the second time the drug kingpin has been captured since his escape through an elaborate tunnel, pictures of which held the world spellbound.
El Chapo (aka “Shorty”) is considered to be Mexico’s top drug lord and head of the Sinaloa cartel. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has called El Chapo the biggest drug lord of all time.
In 2011 he reportedly surpassed the infamous “cocaine king” Pablo Escobar. He was wanted by Mexico, Interpol and the US, which had offered a $5 million reward for any information leading to his capture.