UPDATE 1/9/15 11:50 A.M: Mexico's government aims to comply with a U.S. request to extradite El Chapo to face drug charges on American soil, Reuters reports. Sources told Reuters that the Mexican government will work as quickly as possible to fill the request, but timing will depend on whether El Chapo's lawyers file any injunctions.
UPDATE 1/9/15 10:13 A.M: According to Mexican officials, El Chapo's capture was no fluke. It was due in large part to the ever-humble drug kingpin's efforts to produce a biopic about himself. An "important element in determining Chapo's whereabouts was finding out that he wanted to film an autobiographical film," said Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez, according to NBC. Apparently he'd contacted actors and producers while on the run.
UPDATE 1/9/15 12:32 A.M: The first photos of Joaquin "El Chapo" Gazman since his Jan. 8 recapture have arrived after Mexican authorities presented him to the press.
BREAKING: Mexican authorities present “El Chapo” to the press for the first time since today’s arrest pic.twitter.com/imRFsLpSV6— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 9, 2016
No, these are not photoshopped. See original story below.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a.k.a. the guy who escaped maximum security on two separate but equally baffling occasions, has reportedly been re-captured by local authorities. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the news on Friday afternoon, Reuters initially reported. "Mission accomplished," the president tweeted. "We have him. Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been arrested."
The news comes after months of speculation regarding how, exactly, someone might escape a maximum security prison without being detected. A sophisticated underground tunnel, a brief helicopter ride, and guards reportedly very preoccupied with intense games of solitaire were promptly revealed as potentially key ingredients in El Chapo's most recent escape.
Since escaping from one of the country's most secure prison facilities in July of last year, the infamous drug lord has endured a series of close calls with local authorities. One such incident, involving a tracked pet monkey belonging to one of El Chapo's daughters, reportedly resulted in minor injuries.
Sources tell the Associated Press that El Chapo was arrested on Friday after an apparent "shootout" with Mexican marines in the Los Mochis area of Sinaloa, with five suspects reportedly killed and six others detained. One marine was injured during the exchange of gunfire but is not believed to be in serious condition. A number of items, including a grenade launcher and two armored vehicles, were seized by local authorities. Early footage of El Chapo's detainment was obtained by Mirror:
This story is obviously developing.