0 Captured: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexico's No 1 drug lord | 22/02/2014

US officials say the billionaire kingpin at the head of the Sinaloa Cartel has been captured in a Mexican beach resort
For 13 years the world’s powerful drug lord had evaded capture becoming an almost mythical figure, a ghost reputedly transformed by plastic surgery who roamed the impenetrable mountains of Mexico where he was protected by corrupt politicians and an omerta among the masses.
As his cartel flooded America with cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, and his henchmen left the headless bodies of rivals by the roadsides, Joaqin “El Chapo” Guzmán always seemed to be one step ahead of the law.
The entire Mexican Army, and thousands of US drug enforcement agents, searched fruitlessly for the man known as “Mexico’s Osama bin Laden” and the bounty on his head rose to $7 million.
At dawn on Saturday their quest finally appeared to have come to an end as a man believed to be the drug kingpin was taken alive, without a shot being fired, at the Miramar Hotel in Mazatlán, a popular tourist destination on the Pacific coast where the beaches are lined with resort accommodation.
The suspect, who was with an unidentified woman, was held by Mexican Marines acting on intelligence from the DEA. He was immediately transferred to Mexico City where DNA and dental records were being used to confirm his identity.


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