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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
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The Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested February 21, 2014, at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico("Drug lord," 2014). Guzman is currently in the custody of Mexican authorities, although the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as the Marshals Service, both offered significant assistance in his capture("Drug lord," 2014).

Guzman, an oft-pursued member of the DEA's most-wanted list, headed a vast drug empire, responsible for violent drug-related conflicts in Mexico. Far from exerting his influence solely in Mexico, however, his cartel's influence reaches North America, Australia and Europe("Drug lord," 2014). He faces numerous drug trafficking charges in the U.S. alone("Drug lord," 2014).

Guzman's partner, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who is aso the son of the cartel's "co-leader," was arrested last November in Arizona, after arranging with U.S. immigration authorities to visit his wife("Drug lord," 2014). In addition to the arrests of Zambada and Guzman, numerous other important cartel members have been arrested in the last several months, with their most important lieutenant being killed by the gunfire of a Mexican helicopter in December("Drug lord," 2014). This was followed only a few days later by the arrest of an important "coworker" of Zambada in the Netherland("Drug lord," 2014)s.

Guzman's arrest concludes the pursuit of the elusive drug lord, whose pursuit was so arduous that he was rumored to have received protection from Mexican's former president, Felipe Calderon("Drug lord," 2014)., Associated Press. "Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman captured in Mexico." 22 February 2014. Web. Retrieved from: