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Mexico’s richest and most dangerous drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was captured on Saturday .He was cooking breakfast along with his beauty queen wife when police smashed down the door of the condo where they were hiding in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Officials alleged that when he was snatched, breakfast was still on the stove, they further stated that the Guzman had a military-style assault rifle with him but didn’t fire a shot after attempting to escape through a network of tunnels hidden beneath his bathtub.
It was also confirmed that the woman who was with him at the time of his arrest was his 24-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, who had given birth to twin girls two years ago.
Only days earlier ’El Chapo’ had escaped through an escape tunnel hidden under a bath after Mexican troops forced their way into his main hideout in Culiacan but lost him after a long search.
It is not yet clear what will happen next to Guzman, the stocky son of a peasant farmer, except that he will be the focus of a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide whether Mexico or the U.S. gets to try him first.
In Mexico, he is likely to face a host of charges related to his role as head of the Sinaloa cartel, which is believed to sell cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in some 54 countries.
The DEA and U.S. Marshals Service reported to have been ‘heavily involved’ in Guzman’s capture, as U.S. politicians are now calling for him to be extradited to the U.S., to face drug trafficking charges and insure that he stays behind bars since he had twice escaped Mexican prison through bribery in 2001.
Now 56, during those 13 years after his escape, Guzman was rumored to live everywhere from Argentina to Mexico’s ‘Golden Triangle,’ a mountainous, marijuana-growing region straddling the northern states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua, growing deadlier and more powerful and taking over much of the lucrative trafficking routes along the U.S. border.
Guzman – who is worth an estimated $1billion – was getting tired of living the safe life after 12 years in hiding, let down his guard to enjoy his wealth in the resort town popular with American tourists and sadly his reign came to an end without a shot fired, at 6:45 am in the morning when he was caught and arrested.