Captured alive: Most wanted drug lord

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials have captured a notorious drug lord, according to the Associated Press.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, was taken alive by authorities overnight at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico. A senior U.S. law enforcement official told the AP that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service were “heavily involved” in Guzman’s capture. 


Guzman faces several drug trafficking charges in the United States and was on the DEA’s most-wanted list. His cartel has been part of a vicious ongoing drug war in Mexico for years. Authorities have taken down several members of the Sinaloa group in recent months, including at least 10 mid-level cartel members this past week.

The drug lord’s arrest won plaudits from some members of Congress.

“According to reports, drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been captured in #Mexico. Kudos 2 law enforcement officials + DEA,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted on  Saturday.