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The President of Mexico Says El Chapo Has Been Captured (Again)

The Sinaloa Cartel boss has been on the lam since escaping from a maximum-security prison in July.

by VICE Staff
Jan 8 2016, 7:00pm

​ This February 22, 2014 file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File.

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Sinaloa cartel boss known as "El Chapo" (or "Shorty') who pioneered the use of underground tunnels in the drug trade and has escaped from authorities multiple times, was captured again on Friday, according to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Via the AP:

"An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name said Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Los Mochis, in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa."

For the sake of Peña Nieto's health—he famously said after El Chapo was captured in 2014 that another escape would be "unpardonable"—let's hope he stays caught this time.

In July, El Chapo made headlines across the planet for disappearing into a tunnel beneath the shower in his supposedly impregnable prison cell. A spate of firings and arrests of security officials and staff followed, as his latest sortie was a testament to an enduring culture of corruption in Mexican law enforcement.

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