By Victor Castillo Sr.: A little after midday, President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted on his twitter account “”Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido”. (” Mission accomplished. We want to inform the Mexican public that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested”.)
According to the Mexican Marines, the operation came along after a civilian made an anonymous report of a group of men well-armed in a residential area.
As a result the officials moved in during the wee hours where they met a hail of bullets.
As a result, 5 of Guzman’s men were fatally injured and 6 more were arrested including the drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera.
Reports indicate that a suspected gang leader identified as Orso Ivan Gastelum Cruz was also along with the group but managed to escape.
The arrest comes six months after the 58 year old broke out of the Altiplano Maximum Security prison on July 11, 2015. He had barely spent a year and a half in the prison when he slipped away from Mexican authorities.
Mexican authorities have been on his trail since and the Marines came close to capturing him in October of last year in a remote mountain region between the states of Sinaloa and Durango. The drug king pin injured his face and leg while falling through the terrain authorities said but he slipped away.
Guzman’s escape from Altiplano was his second. He had first been captured in 1993 in Guatemala but escaped in 2001 from a Jalisco prison and after thirteen years on the run he was recaptured on February 22, 2014, Mazatlan resort in the Sinaloa. This is a developing story, more will be posted as information is released.
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