Photo: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
Mexican and U.S. authorities have arrested long-time fugitive and Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, U.S. media reported Saturday.
Guzman was captured alive Friday night at a hotel in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, according to the reports.
Neither the U.S. State Department nor the Mexican government, however, confirmed Guzman’s arrest when contacted by Efe.
Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said last year that capturing the fugitive Sinaloa drug cartel boss was the Mexican government’s “most important” objective.
He said then that Mexico’s security forces were on the trail of El Chapo, who escaped from a maximum security prison in January 2001.
Both the Mexican and U.S. governments have posted multimillion-dollar rewards for information leading to the capture of Guzman, who faces various drug-trafficking indictments in the United States and is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.
The drug lord’s name regularly appears on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people.