A legendary outlaw, Guzman had been pursued for several weeks. His arrest comes on the heels of the takedown of several top Sinaloa operatives in the last few months and at least 10 mid level cartel members in the last week.
For that reason, rumors circulated that the government was mounting a major operation to get Zambada.
Guzman appeared in a white shirt and dark pants and had a mustache and full head of dark hair as he was held at the neck and escorted by two masked marines. and is on the DEA most wanted list. His drug empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe and Australia. His cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last several years.
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Saturday arrest followed some near misses in attempts to capture Guzman during the last three weeks, the law enforcement source told Milton. and Mexican law enforcement had been working side by side for months sharing intelligence and strategy to arrest Guzman, the source said.
(CBS NEWS) The chief of Mexico Sinaloa Cartel was captured Saturday, CBS News has confirmed.
a feat that fed his larger than life persona. Because insiders aided his escape, rumors circulated for years that he was helped and protected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon government, which vanquished some of his top rivals.
The following month, Zambada main lieutenant was killed as Mexican helicopter gunships sprayed bullets at his mansion in the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco in a four hour gunbattle. Days later, police in the Netherlands arrested Zambada flamboyant top enforcer as he arrived in Amsterdam.
Guzman was found naked in bed with an AK 47 nearby, which he didn get a chance to grab, Milton reports. The raid was so fast his bodyguards didn even have a chance to react, the source said.
His cartel tentacles now extend as far as Australia thanks to a sophisticated, international distribution system for cocaine and methamphetamines. and other countries devoted to his capture. federal indictment unsealed in San Diego in 1995 Nike Tracksuit Sports charges Guzman and 22 members of his organization with conspiracy to import over eight tons of Nike Sb Sweatshirt
The two are battling for Nuevo Laredo, a play Guzman lost to the Zetas in 2005, and hitting each other deep inside their respective territories. Sinaloa took over a key Zeta port in Veracruz, while bands of Zetas have attacked their rival deep inside the cartel home, western Sinaloa and Jalisco states.
cocaine and money laundering. A provisional arrest warrant was issued as a result of the indictment, according to the State Department. and used violence, including murder, kidnapping and torture to keep the smuggling operation running. He also accused of conspiring to smuggle heroin into the United States and money laundering.
Baja California resort of Cabo San Lucas just after an international meeting of foreign ministers. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The conflict has led to the gruesome dumping of dozens of bodies by both organizations in their battlegrounds.
In 2013, he was named "Public Enemy No. prohibition era crime boss Al Capone. He is also thought to have contacts inside law enforcement that helped him evade capture, including a near miss in February 2012 in the southern Nike Tracksuit 2017
Experts predict that as long as Zambada is at large, the cartel will continue business as usual.
Sinaloa drug chief captured in Mexico
Federal law enforcement sources told CBS News that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Mazatlan, Mexico.
"The take down of Joaqu Chapo Guzm Loera is a thorn in the side of the Sinaloa Cartel, but not a dagger in its heart," said College of William and Mary government professor George Grayson, who studies Mexico cartels. "Zambada . will step into El Chapo boots. He is also allied with Juan Jose "El Azul" Esparragoza Moreno, one of most astute lords in Mexico underworld and, by far, its best negotiator."
An estimated 70,000 people have been killed in drug violence since former President Calderon deployed thousands of soldiers to drug hotspots upon taking office on Dec. 1, 2006. The current government of President Enrique Pena Nieto has stopped tallying drug related killings separately. Many say his government assault on drug cartels and arrest of kingpins actually fueled the growth of Sinaloa and its major rival, the Zetas, which are now going head to heard for lucrative territory.
A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that Guzman, 56, was taken by surprise by Mexican marines and law enforcement officers.
In more than a decade on the run, Guzman transformed himself from a middling Mexican capo into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His fortune has grown to more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the "World Most Powerful People" and ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela. border, including such prized cities as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Guzman play for power against local cartels caused a bloodbath in Tijuana and made Juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world. In little more than a year, Mexico biggest marijuana bust, 134 tons, and its biggest cultivation were tied to Sinaloa, as were a giant underground methamphetamine lab in western Mexico and hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals seized in Mexico and Guatemala.
Guzman arrived at the Mexico City airport after his arrest and was being taken directly to prison, said Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.
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