The half-dozen Mexican commandos who burst into the Miramar condominium building in the beach town of Mazatlan found Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world's most-wanted drug lord, not armed to the teeth, but shirtless and curled up in bed with his beauty-queen wife, the Washington Post reports. An assault rifle was at his side, but he didn't try to grab it. The arrival of elite troops at this seaside condo tower on Saturday marked the culmination of nine days of rapid-fire military raids and detective work across the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa. Mexican authorities were helped by U.S.-supplied wiretaps and surveillance technology that allowed them to track the cellphone locations of Guzmán and his crew as they tried to avoid capture — even fleeing through sewer tunnels.
The arrest is a major victory for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose government and that of his predecessor had faced accusations that they had accommodated Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel while targeting other groups. The drug lord's capture shows that “we don't have agreements with anyone,” said Tomas Zeron of the Mexican attorney general's office. “The investigation was very good, and very well coordinated over many days, and this was the result.” American law enforcement officials played a key role in the successful pursuit of Guzman. A key break occurred in November, at the border in Nogales, Az., when a son of Guzmán's top lieutenant, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was arrested.