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Father-in-law of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman arrested

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Father-in-law of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman arrested

Mexican authorities have arrested the father-in-law of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, striking a personal blow to Mexico's most-wanted man.

Ines Coronel Barreras was captured by federal police in a house in Agua Prieta, Sonora, "without taking a single shot," an interior ministry official said.

The 45-year-old alleged member of the Sinaloa drug cartel is suspected of smuggling marijuana to the U.S., according to the BBC.

Coronel, the father of Guzman's third wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, also "plays a key role" in the Sinaloa cartel led by Guzman, Al Jazeera pointed out.

Police arrested Coronel in the border town across from Douglas along with four other suspects, and also seized two vehicles, four rifles, one gun and 255 kilograms of marijuana.

Coronel was reportedly growing marijuana and smuggling it into Arizona.

Mexican authorities began gathering intelligence on him in January, Al Jazeera added.

The Mexican government showed a video of the mustachioed Coronel coming off a federal police airplane in handcuffs.

According to the Australian Associated Press, Treasury in January designated Coronel as a "key operative" of the Sinaloa drug cartel, barring any U.S. citizen from conducting business with him and freezing any assets he may have in the United States.

Guzman, meantime, escaped a Mexican maximum security prison in 2001 and has been on the run since.

Chicago named him its first public enemy number one since Al Capone.

There is a $5 million reward for his capture.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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