Mexico Has Recaptured Drug Kingpin El Chapo
Nearly six months after his most recent escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico, drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been caught, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via Twitter.
"Mission accomplished: we got him," Nieto wrote Friday afternoon, informing the public that El Chapo had been apprehended.
Guzman narrowly escaped recapture in October, when Mexican marines located him in a remote mountainous area. Officials said that in that encounter, the drug trafficker suffered wounds to his face and a leg.
The case has attracted wide attention — particularly after surveillance video shot by a security camera in Guzman's cell showed one of the world's most notorious criminals pacing around before dropping behind a partition in the shower area of his cell.
That cell was in the Altiplano prison, a maximum security facility about 55 miles from Mexico City. Guzman spent less than 18 months there before his accomplices used a nearly one-mile tunnel to ferry him to freedom.
Before he was captured in February of 2014, Guzman had been on the lam since 2001 — when he escaped from another maximum security prison that was reportedly nearly identical to the one he broke out of last year.
After visiting Guzman's recently vacated cell at the Altiplano prison last year, NPR's Carrie Kahn reported that the authorities believed that whoever built the tunnel must have used blueprints and GPS to construct it.
She added, "Mexicans vacillate between disbelief and making jokes about the escape to outright anger over the spectacle, the embarrassment, and showing the world the great weaknesses in their institutions."
— via NPR