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The Mexican Marines, most notably the least likely to be corrupted, in a joint operation with U.S. authorities, caught Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, at a hotel in Mazatlán, Mexico, on Saturday around 6:40 a.m.
Guzman, 56, is facing multiple drug trafficking charges in the United States, and the Drug Enforcement Administration is also looking for a piece of him.
According to Fox News, authorities have been cracking down hard on the Sinaloa cartel. In November, the son of the co-leader of the cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was arrested after he crossed the border to meet with U.S. Immigration to update his wife’s status to legal. Later that month, Zambada's lieutenant was killed as Mexican police riddled his mansion with bullets.
Malcolm Beith, who published a book called Last Narco, told CNN, “"He's a fascinating character," referring to Guzman. "He's the epitome of the problem. He's a poor kid who had some family connections in the drug trade, no options, no real education...(and) becomes a big time drug lord.” Beith continued to say he suspected that the drug lord lived like a king in jail the last time he was arrested.
The Sinaloa cartel was formed in 1980. Guzman created the empire from the bottom up, becoming one of the most powerful drug lords in Mexico.