Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was captured again after a deadly military raid on Friday and was sent back to the Altiplano maximum-security prison from where he escaped in July.
Seen in black shirt and sweatpants, the world’s most wanted narcotics kingpin known as King of Tunnels, was put in a helicopter in the coastal city of Los Mochis, in Sinaloa.
Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez told reporters that the kingpin had even contacted film producers to make a biopic on him. He was apprehended in October but escaped as marines did not open fire as he was fleeing with a girl, revealed Gomez.
The arrest followed heavy gunfire and the escape of Guzman through the city’s drainage system, but marines had expected such a move that was used by him in the past in the city of Culiacan in 2014 and held him when he came out of a man hole and stole a car to drive away.
The 58-year-old drug lord’s arrest will relieve Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who was tainted for the past escapades of Guzman since July. “Mission accomplished: We got him,” Pena Nieto tweeted after the arrest.
Mexico, which opposed to extradite him to the US before July escape, may relent and send him over, said some reports. The Mexican authorities have already obtained an extradition warrant in September, but Guzman’s attorneys won an injunction.
“The big question is not if they will extradite him, but when,” said Alejandro Hope, a security expert, ruling out the risk of another escape bid by him in Mexico.
Guzman had been sent to jail initially in 1993 and he had spent eight years in jail before escaping in a laundry cart. Second time, he was held in February 2014 in the Sinaloa resort of Mazatlan, where he was living with his wife and their young twin daughters.
His daring escapades and drug trafficking techniques earned him a the nickname “Lord of the Tunnels.”