El Chapo – the notorious Mexican drug lord is finally behind bars
Mexico | Red Newswire | Jan 9 , 2015 Last Updated at 12:30 PM IST.
The notorious drug lord, commonly known as “El Chapo” has been caught by the police. the drug lord has been on the run since six months. The arrest was confirmed by the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
The leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín Guzmán Loera escaped from Mexico City prison amidst tight security by climbing down a hole in his cell that lead him to the tunnel system (reminds you of Redemption huh?)
A Mexican law enforcement official said that the police located him many days ago in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The authorities shared the photos of Guzman after he was arrested.
Finally during a shootout, Guzman was captured and his home was raided. The raid led to death of 5 people and arrest of 6.
8 rifles, 1 handgun and ammunition, 1 rocket launcher and 2 rockets were confiscated by the police.
President Nieto tweeted the victory, “Mission accomplished: We have him. I want to inform Mexicans Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been arrested."
Guzman took to the tunnel to escape the prison riding on his bike. He was last seen in the shower area of his prison before he slipped out of sight.
This is not El Chapo’s first escape attempt. He has escaped many times, only this time he got caught!
In 1993, Guzman was arrested in Gautemala and sentenced to 20 years in prison from which he escaped with the help of the prison guards. Some say by hiding in a cart that carried laundry.
Since then police has been on the chase until they again captured him in 2014 in Mexico.
The Mexican officials were happy celebrating his capture, whereas Guzman’s associates were busy planning his escape.