Mexico recaptured the world's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman with U.S. help in a violent standoff on Friday (January 8), six months after he humiliated President Enrique Pena Nieto by tunneling out of a maximum security prison, the president confirmed in a speech later that day in the Mexican capital.
Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and who Pena Nieto first caught in February 2014, was captured in an early morning raid that killed five in the city of Los Mochis in the drug baron's native state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico.
"I can direct this message through you all to all Mexicans. This morning, in the municipality of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, members of security institutions of the Mexican government succeeded in arresting Joaquin Guzman Loera. The discovery, pursuit and recapture are the results of the joint work of the intelligence, security, prosecutors of the justice departments of the Mexican state."