On July 11, 2015, Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from a super maximum security prison in Mexico near Mexico City, making international news as the manhunt for him began. He escaped through a tunnel that had been professionally excavated. It is believed he paid off both officials and prison guards in order to pull off this escape.
The intense search for Guzman, who leads the Sinaloa Cartel, has been discussed little by the authorities in the media, though a few days ago, U.S. agents expressed confidence that he would be captured or killed in a shootout in the next year or two due. An angry DEA analyst said, “He’s getting old, and he’s getting sloppy. Everyone is looking for him, and we’ll get him again.” That day has now come sooner than authorities expected.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted on Friday morning that El Chapo has been captured.
This story is developing.