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‘Mission accomplished’: Mexican President says ‘El Chapo’ caught

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 14:32:59-05

By Greg Botelho

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday via Twitter.

“Mission Accomplished,” the President wrote. “We have him.”

Nicknamed “Shorty” for his height, Guzman has escaped twice from Mexican custody. The first was from a maximum-security prison in 2001 when he reportedly hid in a laundry cart.

The latest instance came when he broke out of another maximum-security prison through an underground tunnel in July.

That breakout spurred major criticism about the Mexican government’s ability to safeguard such a notorious criminal, with some saying he should have been held in the United States.