The Latest: 'El Chapo' being taken to same prison he escaped
Jan. 09, 2016
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison: (all times local)
Mexican Attorney General Ariely Gomez says drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being taken back to Antiplano — the same maximum-security prison where he escaped last July 11 using an elaborate tunnel that was dug to his shower stall.
Guzman was captured by Mexican marines early Friday in a coastal city, and the attorney general says the drug boss was tracked down partly because he was making a biographical movie.
The attorney general spoke at a ceremony Friday night at Mexico City's airport where Mexican marines displayed Guzman to journalists.
Guzman was put on a navy helicopter to be flown to the prison.
A law enforcement official says Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's capture at a motel on the outskirts of Los Mochis was related to an earlier gun battle at a house elsewhere in the city.
That official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, says Guzman may have been at the house and left while his gunmen and bodyguards provided covering fire from the house.
Marines checked the storm drain system, though it was unclear if Guzman had once again fled through the drains. — Mark Stevenson
President Enrique Pena Nieto calls the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman a "victory for the rule of law" that demonstrates that Mexicans can have confidence in their institutions, using the capture to boost the administration's lagging credibility after a series of scandals.
Guzman's escape six months ago from a maximum security prison was a major embarrassment to Pena Nieto's government.
He made the comments in a televised speech Friday.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling the recapture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States, and a vindication of the rule of law in our countries."
In a statement, Lynch said Guzman "will now have to answer for his alleged crimes" and congratulated Mexico's government but did not directly address the sticky issue of extradition.
Guzman faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the United States. His escape six months ago from a maximum security prison in Mexico was a point of friction between the two governments. The U.S. has sought his extradition, though Mexico in the past has said he would serve sentences here first.
A Mexican law enforcement official confirms that drug lorg Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured at a motel on the outskirts of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa. The official was not authorized to talk to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mexico's Navy earlier said that marines seized an arsenal of weapons belonging to Guzman and his associates in a house in Los Mochis. — Mark Stevenson
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it is "extremely pleased" by the recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
On its Twitter account, the DEA congratulated Mexico's government on nabbing Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison six months ago, and said it salutes "the bravery involved in his capture."
Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.
The Justice Department has no immediate comment on whether it will push to extradite Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, where he faces charges in multiple different jurisdictions across the country.
Guzman's escape six months ago from a maximum security prison was a point of friction between the governments of the two countries. The U.S. had desired his extradition and his recapture Friday is sure to reopen the issue.
A Mexican law enforcement official says authorities located Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman several days ago, based on reports that he was in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
The official says that authorities even searched storm drains in the area. The official was not authorized to talk to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.
In 2014, Guzman escaped arrest by fleeing through a network of interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan. — Mark Stevenson
Mexico's Navy says that marines seized two armored vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the raid that captured fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Photos of the arms seized suggested that Guzman and his associates had a fearsome arsenal in a non-descript white house.
Two of the rifles seized were .50-caliber sniper guns, capable of penetrating most bullet-proof vests and cars. The grenade launcher was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. And an assault rifle had a .40 mm grenade launcher, and at least one grenade.
An official says that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name.
Five people were killed and one Mexican marine wounded in the clash.
The Mexican Navy said in a statement that marines acting on a tip raided a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn. They were fired on from inside the structure. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested. — Mark Stevenson
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has written in his Twitter account that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison.
Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: "mission accomplished: we have him."