Sinaloa cartel Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, reportedly the world’s most powerful drug lord as the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, was captured overnight in Mazatlan, Mexico. Joaquin Guzman, 56, was taken alive at a condominium in the beach resort town by United States and Mexican authorities, according to Yahoo! News on Saturday.
The capture of Joaquin Guzman ends a horrifically bloody ten years that terrorized many parts of Mexico. He was found with a woman who has been unidentified. Uncharacteristic of capturing a drug lord, not gunshots were fired during the capture. The report states that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service had a great deal to do with Guzman’s capture.
Guzman is returning to prison, after having escaped in a laundry truck in 2001. When it was discovered that insiders assisted him in his escape, there were rumors that former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s government helped Guzman escape.
In the past decade, Guzman turned himself into the most powerful drug trafficker in the entire world. His wealth grew to more than $1 billion, and he was on Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.”
Those speaking about the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have spoken on condition of anonymity as the government has not confirmed the capture.