Report: Cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' arrested in Mexico
The notorious kingpin of the Sinoloa Cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested early Saturday during a joint operation between Mexican marines, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals service, according to the Associated Press.
The arrest marks the end of months of effort by the Mexican military to capture members of the cartel. Several high-level operatives were arrested and at least "10 mid-level members" were captured in the last week, AP reported. The Mexican navy raided a house in Culiacan, around 100 miles north along the Gulf of California coast, early in the week and may have just missed Guzman.
Guzman was arrested without incident and brought to Mexico City for identification.
U.S. authorities have asked Mexico to extradite Guzman to the United States, keeping him from escaping from Mexican custody — as he did in January 2001, when he was smuggled out inside a laundry cart by guards during a 20-year prison sentence after his 1993 capture.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto touted the arrest on his Twitter account.
The government "...works to guarantee the safety and the execution of laws in our territory so we can achieve a Mexico at peace," he wrote and recognized the work of several Mexican security agencies that helped in the arrest.
Noted as a billionaire by Forbes magazine and considered one of the 10 richest men in Mexico, Guzman has been the target of U.S. law enforcement for nearly two decades, including numerous indictments for drug trafficking and murder and a $5 million bounty. Last year, authorities in Chicago titled him "Public Enemy No.1," an honorific once carried by gangster Al Capone.
This isn't the first drug capo to fall under Nieto's term, last July Mexican authorities, arrested the leader of the Zetas, Miguel Angel Trevino, aka Z-40.