MEXICO CITY — Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who broke out of a maximum security prison through an elaborate tunnel six months ago, was recaptured Friday.
“Mission accomplished — we have him,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on Twitter.
Guzman’s daring escape in July — his second in 14 years — was an embarrassment for Peña Nieto, who had previously said an escape would be “unforgivable.”
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called Friday’s capture “a blow to the international drug-trafficking syndicate he is alleged to have led, a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States, and a vindication of the rule of law in our countries.”
Guzman’s escape last year was a point of friction between the two nations. The U.S. had desired his extradition and his recapture is likely to reopen the issue. The Justice Department had no immediate comment on whether it will push to extradite Guzman to the U.S., where he faces charges in multiple jurisdictions across the country… see more