Mexican officials have announced that they have captured and arrested the top security chief for one of the world's most wanted men, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Guzman is an infamous drug kingpin that is wanted by both Mexican and U.S. authorities. His head of security, Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, was captured on Friday in the city of Culiacan in the northern state of Sinaloa. Computer files and data were seized upon Sarabia’s capture.
Officials have said that Guzman’s security leader was captured without a shot fired, according to the state-run news agency Notimex.
Notimex announced the news on Sunday and noted that officials would be offering more details into the arrest on Monday morning
Guzman is considered to be the top drug lord in the country and the Mexican army says that the capture of Guzman’s security head will serve as a significant blow to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
The Sinaloa drug cartel is Mexico’s oldest drug cartel and serves as one of the country’s most dangerous and powerful drug cartels. Sinaloa operates in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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Mexico’s Defense Secretary has said that Guzman is wanted by the Mexican state for “clandestine burials, kidnappings, extortion and the burning of businesses and houses.”
Guzman has been on the run since 2001 when he escaped from prison in a laundry truck.
The U.S. has a $7 million bounty on Guzman’s head.
Guzman has been estimated to harbor a fortune of $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. If the estimates are correct, Guzman is one of the richest people in the world.
The Mexican drug war has been raging since 2006 and has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
Officials have yet to comment on information recovered by Sarabia or how the capture may lead authorities closer to Guzman.