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World’s top drug trafficker arrested in Mexico - Washington Post

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MEXICO CITY — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, the man who supplied more illegal drugs to the United States than anyone else on Earth, was captured by Mexican Navy commandos without a shot early Saturday morning in the Pacific coast resort town of Mazatlan, according to U.S. and Mexican authorities.

The arrest of the world’s most-wanted drug lord was electrifying news in Mexico and a major political victory for its president, Enrique Peña Nieto. On Saturday afternoon, Peña Nieto confirmed the capture in a tweet and thanked his security forces. “Congratulations to all,” he wrote.

Guzmán ran an organized crime empire that spanned several continents and earned billions of dollars. He built a shipping and transport empire that plied air, sea and roads to sate the world’s demand for cocaine, heroin and marijuana. From Los Angeles warehouses to Chicago barrios, his network criss-crossed America to supply customers.

I wonder why it took so long to catch him. 

Did you learn nothing from Breaking Bad?  :)

Guzmán separated himself from other drug lords because of his longevity and ability to evade the law for years. Captured in Guatemala in 1993, Guzmán was sent to Mexico’s high-security Puente Grande prison, only to escape in 2001, on the eve of his extradition to the United States. Legend has it that he sneaked out in a laundry cart.

Guzmán has been on the run ever since, periodically surfacing in Mexican beach resorts, Central American villages, even South America, only to vanish before authorities arrived.

“Chapo Guzmán has been that mythical narco-ghost,” said David Gaddis, former chief of enforcement operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration who runs G-Global Protection Solutions, a security consultancy. “He became one of these isolated traffickers who seemed to be ‘untouchable.’ ”

("Narco-Ghost" would be a cool band name.)

(Or Super Antihero.)

More on how he was captured here:

How Mexican Marines Captured The World's Most Notorious Drug Kingpin

He does sound a lot like Heisenberg in Breaking Bad at the end. Fascinating.

And frankly amazing they were able to catch him at all.

Mexican Kingpin's 'Top Notch' Gadgetry Helped Him Stay Free

"He didn't spare any expenses when it came to protecting himself," the law enforcement official said.

Some of the communications equipment Guzman used was not generally available to consumers. The sophistication of the gear and Guzman's diligence deeply impressed investigators who were pursuing him. Among other practices, Guzman employed countersurveillance scanners to detect transmitters hidden in rooms or carried by people with whom he was meeting.

And yet, ultimately he was caught.