Friday, January 8, 2016
The recapture of Guzman is the latest and most important in a series of major busts and takedowns by the Mexican marines who, trained by the U.S. military and working closely with American agents, have become an elite force in the nation’s drug war. During the drug war, which has stretched on for a decade, the marines have made major seizures of cocaine, ripped up meth labs and shot dead or arrested more than a drug dozen kingpins. And they have already caught Guzman twice. The drug lord had first escaped prison in 2001 and remained on the lam for 13 years before the marines nabbed him in the seaside resort of Mazatlan in 2014. He was in prison for almost a year and a half when he escaped again last July, embarrassing Pena Nieto.