Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and Mexico’s most wanted man, has been recaptured after he escaped from a prison six months ago, authorities say.
“Mission accomplished: we have him. I would like to inform the Mexican people that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been detained,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said on his Twitter account. “I give thanks to the security cabinet of the Government of the Republic for this important achievement for the rule of law in Mexico.”
Details about Guzmán’s capture were not immediately available.
Guzmán was initially captured in February 2014 but managed to escape from a maximum security prison in the State of Mexico in July 2015. The drug lord was found to have escaped through a tunnel that had been dug from a nearby house construction site to Guzmán’s shower, which was the only area that was off-limits to surveillance video.
The escape triggered a massive manhunt involved helicopters and caused flights at Toluca International Airport to be canceled, but the efforts yielded no results.
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