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Drug kingpin El Chapo captured in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (WKRC) -- Mexican authorities captured notorious drug cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo, Saturday morning in Mazatlan.
Guzman was one of the worlds most wanted men as he supplied drugs across the U.S. Mexican Marines took Guzman in front of cameras in Mexico City before loading him in a helicopter headed for prison.
The drug lord was caught at his high rise condo during a raid. Authorities say he was found in his bed with an AK-47 nearby, but the raid happened so quickly, Guzman didnt have a chance to grab his gun.
While his nickname El Chapo means shorty in English, Guzman managed to build one of the largest drug empires in the world.
In 2001, Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison by being smuggled out in a laundry cart. Not long after, his cartel reached around the globe, supplying drugs to almost every major U.S. city.
Forbes recently ranked Guzman as the 67th most powerful person in the world. The city of Chicago named him Public Enemy Number One, a title that was last held by Al Capone.
Mexican authorities spent months raiding Guzmans operations. U.S. officials say cartel members arrested in previous raids helped lead authorities to Guzmans location.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest of Guzman, a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States.