MEXICO CITY (AP) – Fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Friday.
A federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name said Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa. He said Guzman was taken alive and was not wounded.
Responding to what was seen as one of the biggest embarrassments of his administration – Guzman’s July 11 escape through a tunnel from Mexico’s highest-security prison – Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: “mission accomplished: we have him.”
“I would like to inform Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained.”
The U.S. Justice Department had no immediate comment on whether it would push to extradite Guzman to the United States, where he faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the country.