Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez claimed during a press conference on Friday night that Guzman moved an area known as the Golden Triangle, made up of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua to hide. "I want to inform the Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Lorea has been detained", Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted in Spanish on Friday.
The Mexican law enforcement official said authorities located Guzman several days ago, based on reports he was in Los Mochis.
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Authorities tracked Guzman down in his home region of Sinaloa. But Guzman's lawyers already had filed appeals and received injunctions that could delay the extradition process for months or even years.
The United States shared intelligence with Mexican authorities, but the actual operation was all done by the Mexicans, the USA officials said.
One local resident, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution, said the operation appears to have been triggered after a neighbor complained there were armed men outside his house.
It was made worse too by the fact that the president had previously said that if he escaped again it would be unforgivable.
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman continues to be recaptured and sent back to the maximum-security penitentiary he escaped from half a year past.
At least three USA jurisdictions - led by Brooklyn - have indicted Guzman on murder, drug-smuggling and related charges.
His narcotic success has ranked him among the richest drug dealers in history; Forbes magazine has estimated his net worth at almost $1 billion.
"They have to extradite him", said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst in Mexico. The foreign ministry gives the final green light on extraditions.
He has led one of the country's most powerful, violent drug cartels and escaped maximum-security prisons not once, but twice, the latest in July when he busted out through a hole into a mile-long tunnel and then on to freedom. The development deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.
"Since Guzman Loera has been recaptured, the beginning of the extradition proceedings should begin", the attorney general's office said in statement.
Mexico's notorious drug king is in government custody following his second escape, but his recapture raises the delicate diplomatic question of extradition to the United States.
Guzman and his security chief fled through the city's drainage system, repeating a tactic the drug kingpin successfully used in escaping authorities in 2014 in the nearby city of Culiacan.
During the early-morning raid, he managed to flee through a drain but was later caught by marines in a shootout.
Guzman also slipped up by pursuing a dream to be immortalized on the silver screen.
Among his errors, Guzman got in touch with people in the film industry to have them make a "biopic" movie of his eventful life journey from rural poverty to untold wealth and dramatic jailbreaks.