Head of drug cartel involved in Northeast Ohio's heroin problem arrested at Mexican hotel
WASHINGTON -- The "most-wanted man in the world" was captured alive overnight at a hotel in Mexico.
WKYC reported on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman earlier this month.
As head of of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, he is suspected to be responsible for most of the heroin that makes it's way into Northeast Ohio.
U.S Attorney Steven Dettlebach, Northern District of Ohio, commented on the capture on Saturday:
"This man is responsible for sending tons of illegal drugs into the United States, including Ohio. The arrest of Guzman is an important victory for law enforcement, but we must continue our efforts to reduce demand for drugs and provide treatment for those battling addiction."
U.S. and Mexican authorities took Guzman alive overnight at a hotel in the beach resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico.
Guzman has been on the Drug Enforcement Administration's most-wanted list and faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S.
The reach of his drug empire extends throughout North America and overseas in Europe and Australia.
His cartel has been heavily involved in the drug war that has caused bloody violence through parts of Mexico for the last several years.