UPDATE: 2:23 p.m. EST — The recently arrested Mexican convict Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán could be extradited to the United States, CNN reported Friday. El Chapo is accused of trafficking drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine.
Malcolm Beith, a journalist who wrote a book on Guzmán, told USA Today that “catching Chapo again now gives Mexico a great opportunity to either try him quickly and fairly and make sure that if found guilty he remains behind bars, or extradite him and prove that U.S.-Mexican relations are just as strong as ever.”
Friday afternoon, journalist José Cárdenas tweeted what he said was the first post-capture photo of El Chapo:
Trasciende primera imagen de la captura del Chapo Guzmán, en Los Mochis, Sinaloa pic.twitter.com/2cc89wdvLd
— JOSÉ CÁRDENAS (@JoseCardenas1) January 8, 2016
UPDATE: 2:10 p.m. EST — Lawrence Payne, the spokesman for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, congratulated the Mexican government on recapturing the escaped kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Friday. "This is a great day for justice and for the Mexican and United States government in combating drug trafficking," Payne told Notimex.
DEA is extremely pleased at the capture of Chapo Guzman. We congratulate the MX Government and salute the bravery involved in his capture
— DEA News (@DEANEWS) January 8, 2016
Other congratulations rolled in, as well:
Felicidades al Gobierno Federal y a las instituciones por la captura de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. @SEMAR_mx
— Margarita Zavala (@Mzavalagc) January 8, 2016
Felicitaciones al Gobierno de la República y a las Fuerzas Federales del Gabinete de Seguridad por esta recaptura. https://t.co/J33XE1EUHD
— Felipe Calderón (@FelipeCalderon) January 8, 2016
UPDATE: 1:59 p.m. EST — The Associated Press reported Friday that the Mexican Navy found Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in a home in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on Friday. One member of the Navy was injured in a shootout, though the marine's injuries were not critical, according to a news release from the Mexican Navy.
Six people total were arrested. The alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Orso Ivan Gastelum Cruz, fled the scene.
— SEMAR México (@SEMAR_mx) January 8, 2016
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. EST — Five people were killed in the process of recapturing Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in Sinaloa, El País reported Friday. They may have been members of his security team.
Escaped Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been arrested, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted in Spanish on Friday. El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, had been on the run since escaping from prison on July 11.
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
El Chapo is one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers. He pulled off his second high-profile escape from prison last year when he was discovered missing from his cell at Altiplano. In his place, guards discovered a mile-long tunnel outside.
El Chapo's first jailbreak occurred in 2001, when he reportedly hid in a laundry cart an accomplice pushed out of the complex. The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was captured in February 2014.
The kingpin eluded arrest this time around for about six months. But his capture on Friday might not have been a surprise. An anonymous DEA agent told the Washington Times this week that El Chapo's detention was coming soon. "He’s getting old, and he’s getting sloppy," the official said. "Everyone is looking for him, and we’ll get him again."