Saturday, February 22, 2014

World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord Captured in Mexico

At NYT, " El Chapo, Most-Wanted Drug Lord, Is Captured":

MEXICO CITY — Early on Saturday, dozens of soldiers and police officers descended on a hotel-condominium tower in Mazatlán, Mexi
co, a beach resort known as much as a hangout for drug traffickers as for its seafood and surf.

The forces were following yet another tip about the whereabouts of the trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, who, to the utter frustration of American and Mexican pursuers, had eluded such raids for 13 years since escaping from prison in a laundry cart. With an army of guards and lethally enforced loyalty, he reigned over a worldwide, multibillion-dollar drug empire that supplied much of the illicit drugs to the United States even as the authorities tried in vain to find him.

This time, however, Mr. Guzmán did not slip out a door, disappear into the night or prove to be absent, as he had in so many previous attempts to apprehend him. Mexican marines and the police, aided by information from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshals Service, took him into custody without firing a shot and whisked him away, according to American officials...
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