MEXICO CITY — Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico nearly six months ago, has been recaptured, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday.
Guzmán, the world’s most famous drug boss and head of the Sinaloa cartel, escaped from his cell in July through a specially dug tunnel, a staggering blow for Peña Nieto, who had been building a strong reputation for arresting top drug bosses from all the major cartels.
“Mission accomplished: we have him,” Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter.
The 58-year-old kingpin was recaptured in Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa, an official confirmed to The Post.
Shortly before Peña Nieto’s announcement, Mexico’s navy released details about an early-morning raid in Los Mochis that left five suspects dead and one marine wounded. Six people were arrested following the clash, but the navy didn’t say whether Guzmán was among them.
The military raided the home after receiving a tip and encountered gunfire from those inside, according to the navy. The military seized two armored vehicles, eight long guns and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with two charges.
A suspected Sinaloa regional commander is thought to have escaped the compound during the clash, according to the navy.