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Friday, January 8, 2016

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on Capture of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman Loera

Today, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on the capture of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman Loera:

“Today’s capture of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman Loera by Mexican authorities is a blow to the international drug-trafficking syndicate he is alleged to have led, a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States, and a vindication of the rule of law in our countries.  Guzman’s latest attempt to escape has failed, and he will now have to answer for his alleged crimes, which have resulted in significant violence, suffering and corruption on multiple continents.  I commend the Government of Mexico for this arrest, and I salute the Mexican law enforcement and military personnel who have worked tirelessly in recent months to bring Guzman to justice.  The U.S. Department of Justice is proud to maintain a close and effective relationship with our Mexican counterparts, and we look forward to continuing our work together to ensure the safety and security of all our people.”

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Updated January 8, 2016