Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who humiliated authorities when he tunneled out of a maximum-security prison in July, was recaptured early Friday in a deadly raid by Mexico's navy. It also provides relief to U.S.-Mexico relations, strained by suspicion of high-level collusion given the apparent ease with which Guzman gave Mexican authorities the slip after the United States requested his extradition.
Guzman is being transported back to Altiplano — the same maximum-security prison where he escaped on July 11 using an elaborate tunnel that was dug under his shower stall, Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez said at a news conference late Friday.
The navy said in a statement that marines, acting on a tip, stormed into a home in the town of Los Mochis before dawn. They were fired on from inside the building. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested, according to the statement.
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by marines to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016. OMAR TORRES / AFP - Getty Images
Michael Braun, the former DEA chief of operations, confirmed the details of the arrest to NBC News.
An official said 'Mexico is ready' for an extradition and 'there are to cooperate with the U.S.' although he warned the legal process could be lengthy and Guzman's attorney is saying he'll battle extradition in the courts.