'El Chapo' recaptured after jail break

Mexico’s authorities have recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, six months after he escaped from a maximum-security jail.

In a post on Twitter, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said: “Mission accomplished: We got him.”

Guzman was one of the world’s most-wanted drug lords, whose Sinaloa cartel smuggled cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines to the US.

He escaped from jail through a 1.5km (mile) long tunnel dug in the showers.

The US had offered a $5m (£3.2m) reward for information leading to his capture.

AP reports that Guzman was apprehended following a shootout with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, a coastal city in his home state of Sinaloa.

Mr Pena Nieto said on Twitter: “I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested.”

Guzman’s July escape was his second – he was first arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and escaped from Puente Grande jail in 2001, reportedly in a laundry cart.

He was on the run for 13 years before being held again in 2014.


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