“El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug lord has been captured for a third time Friday. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the capture writing in his Twitter account: “mission accomplished: we have him.”
Guzman was captured after Mexican marines carried out a heavily-armed raid that caught the drug lord completely by surprise. The raid came six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison, much to the embarrassment of the Mexican government and prison officials.
The general consensus of all concerned was Guzman would never be taken alive. It is now believed that Mexican prison officials do not want to incarcerate Guzan a third time and would rather allow the United States to extradite him. He had previously escaped in 2001 and 2015. Mexico had told the U.S. authorities in the past that “El Chapo” would have to serve his sentence in his home country before any process of a transfer could be worked out.
According to a federal official apprised of the final showdown and capture said Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa. The notorious cartel leader was taken alive and was not wounded. However, five other people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the fire fight. He was captured at a motel on the outskirts of Los Mochis.
A triumphant Mexican President said he had incurred the wrath of his nation and the U.S. for the July 11 prison escape of Guzman. It was seen as one of the biggest embarrassments of his administration. “El Chapo” escaped through a tunnel from Mexico’s highest-security prison
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the United States wrote a tweet exhorting their own satisfaction saying they were ” … extremely pleased at the capture of Chapo Guzman. We congratulate the MX Government and salute the bravery involved in his capture.”
In the raid that captured Guzman, two of the rifles seized were.50-caliber sniper guns. They were lethal enough to penetrate most bullet-proof vests and cars. Also, the grenade launcher confiscated was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. And finally the assault rifle captured had a .40 mm grenade launcher, and at least one grenade.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department had no immediate comment on future plans to extradite the drug lord. When and if Guzman is sent to the U.S., he faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the country.