February 22, 2014
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was captured, officials confirmed the United States and Mexico. According to reports, the drug dealer last night was located by soldiers and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in a hotel in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, while he was on a visit. The operation also was collaborated with U.S. intelligence, officials said.
Announcement—-“Chapo used 7 tunnels to move between buildings (homes)”, the operation was “flawless”, and identification process occurred this morning (paraphrased):
Lalo introduces AG Jesus Murillo Karan, Semar Chief Vidal Soberon Sanz, Defense Department commander Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, CISEN Secretary Manuel Mondragon DeKalb.
Karam: Hello. At 6:40 this morning Semar personnel arrested (Chapo Guzman) in Mazatlan, along with a collaborator. We made you wait this long for a press conference because we wanted to be completely sure of his identity, which has now been done by PGR investigators. We are 100% certain. He has been examined by doctors and shortly will be transferred to an appropriate prison.
This operation took several months of work and planning between all Federal agencies who have collaborated on this matter, and the arrest was performed impeccably by Semar personnel.
During this last month, this operation had several definitive moments leading to the capture. From February 13 to February 17, we located several homes where he was in the habit of staying. The 7 homes were connected by tunnels to other homes in the area and to the sewer drainage system. The doors to the homes were steel reinforced, and the few minutes it took to get through them were enough to allow them (suspects) to escape through the tunnels. Be the investigation was so thorough and complete that we continued to follow up. (We kept up with Chapo) constantly and could have taken him on several occasions. But we used caution and common sense and chose to take him in a way that did not endanger the public. We took him down without a shot being fired, with nobody hurt.
This coordination between all (Mexican) security agencies also had information from certain U.S. agencies. This arrest is the 75th arrest of the targets we said we were going to get. We will keep working to make Mexico safer.
I just want to say that in this simple operation, we seized the following:
13 detainees 97 rifles (armas largas) 36 pistols (armas cortas) 2 grenade launchers 1 missile launcher 43 vehicles, 19 of which were armored 16 homes 4 ranches, etc
This is a clear demonstration of the effort we are making in this country to disarm organized crime groups. Thank you.
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