World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Arrested

World's most wanted drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman finally captured in seaside apartment with woman in daring dawn raid marines planned for over a month

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, described as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

He has been on the run for more than 12 years but a moment of passion appears to have been the downfall for the world's most wanted drug lord.
When Mexican marines burst into the apartment he was staying in at 6.40am the discovered Guzman with an unidentified woman.

He is the suspected head of the deadly Sinoa cartel, believed to be responsible for moving a quarter of the drugs that enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The plot to catch Guzman, who notoriously escaped from a maximum security prison in the back of a laundry truck in 2011, had taken weeks to plan. He had been serving a 20-year sentence for bribery and criminal association.

No shots were fired as troops burst in on the 56-year-old drug lord in Mazatlan, and he was arrested along with three men believed to be his bodyguards.

A team of 25 marines entered the complex on Saturday morning, overpowering two security teams installed to protect the drug kingpin.

Neighbors were first alerted to it when they heard the helicopter arrive to take Guzman away.

His cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last several years.

'The operation led by the Mexican government overnight to capture Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman Loera is a significant victory and milestone in our common interest of combating drug trafficking, violence and illicit activity along our shared border,'

In more than a decade on the run, Guzman transformed himself from a middling Mexican capo into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

His fortune has grown to more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the 'World's Most Powerful People' and ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela.

His Sinaloa Cartel grew bloodier and more powerful, taking over much of the lucrative trafficking routes along the U.S. border, including such prized cities as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Guzman's play for power against local cartels caused a bloodbath in Tijuana and made Juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world.

In little more than a year, Mexico's biggest marijuana bust, 134 tons, and its biggest cultivation were tied to Sinaloa, as were a giant underground methamphetamine lab in western Mexico and hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals seized in Mexico and Guatemala.

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