Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ has been arrested, Mexican President says

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman," is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press in February. –AFP/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY — Nearly six months after his escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico, the drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo or Shorty, has been arrested by the Mexican authorities, according to the Twitter feed of the country’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Guzmán stunned the nation last summer when he stepped into the shower in his cell — in the most secure wing of one of the most secure prisons in Mexico — and vanished in full view of a video camera.

When guards later entered the cell, they discovered a small hole in the shower floor, through which Guzmán had disappeared.


The opening in the shower led to a mile-long tunnel leading to a construction site. The tunnel was more than 2 feet wide and more than 5 feet high, tall enough for him to walk standing upright, and was burrowed more than 30 feet underground. It had been equipped with lighting, ventilation and a motorcycle on rails.

The prison break humiliated the government of Peña Nieto, which had proclaimed the arrest of Guzmán and leaders of other drug cartels as crucial achievements in restoring order and sovereignty to a country long beleaguered by the violence associated with organized crime.

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