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World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Captured in Mexico

02/22/2014 at 03:30 PM EST

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in 1993

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A massive operation that mushroomed through the western Mexican state of Sinaloa last week netted the world’s top drug lord, who was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a condominium in Mazatlan, officials from both countries said.

A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken alive by Mexican marines in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed the arrest on his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

Guzman, 56, was found with an unidentified woman, the official said, adding that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service were “heavily involved” in the capture. No shots were fired.

A legendary outlaw and fugitive, Guzman had been pursued for several weeks. His arrest came on the heels of the takedown of several top Sinaloa operatives in the last few months and at least 10 mid-level cartel members in the last week. The information leading to Guzman was gleaned from those arrested, said Michael S. Vigil, a former senior DEA official who was briefed on the operation.

The Mexican navy raided the Culiacan house of Guzman’s ex-wife, Griselda Lopez, earlier this week and found a cache of weapons and a tunnel in one of the rooms that led to the city’s drainage system, leading authorities to believe Guzman barely escaped, Vigil said.

As more people were arrested, more homes were raided. Authorities learned that Guzman fled to nearby Mazatlan, where he was arrested with “a few” of his bodyguards nearby, Vigil said.

“He got tired of living up in the mountains and not being able to enjoy the comforts of his wealth. He became complacent and starting coming into the city of Culiacan and Mazatlan. That was a fatal error,” he added.

Vigil said Mexico may decide to extradite Guzman to the U.S. to avoid any possibility that he escapes from prison again, as he did in 2001 in a laundry truck – a feat that fed his larger-than-life persona. Because insiders aided his escape, rumors circulated for years that he was helped and protected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s government, which vanquished some of his top rivals.

On the DEA’s Most-Wanted List

Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the DEA’s most-wanted list. His drug empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe. His cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last several years.

Guzman’s capture ended a long and storied manhunt. His location was part of Mexican folklore, with rumors circulating of him being everywhere from Guatemala to Argentina to almost every corner of Mexico, especially its “Golden Triangle,” a mountainous, marijuana-growing region straddling the northern states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua.

A Decade on the Run

In more than a decade on the run, Guzman transformed himself from a middling Mexican capo into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His fortune has grown to more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the World’s Most Powerful People and ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela.

His Sinaloa Cartel grew bloodier and more powerful, taking over much of the lucrative trafficking routes along the U.S. border, including such prized cities as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Guzman’s play for power against local cartels caused a bloodbath in Tijuana and made Juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world. In little more than a year, Mexico’s biggest marijuana bust, 134 tons, and its biggest cultivation were tied to Sinaloa, as were a giant underground methamphetamine lab in western Mexico and hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals seized in Mexico and Guatemala.

His cartel’s tentacles now extend as far as Australia thanks to a sophisticated, international distribution system for cocaine and methamphetamines.

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70 People Injured After Piranha Attack in Argentina

12/26/2013 at 06:00 PM EST

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A man being treated after he was bit by a type of piranha in Argentina

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An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

He blamed the attack on palometas, “a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.”

Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.

Officials added the heatwave was partially responsible for why the fish’ congregated on the river’s surface.

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Justin Bieber: ‘I’ve Made Mistakes’

Justin Bieber: ‘I’ve Made Mistakes’

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607cRML 028905 Justin Bieber: ‘I’ve Made Mistakes’JUSTIN Bieber is opening up.

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest, the singer spoke about the public scrutiny that’s surrounded him even during his time away on his Believe tour.

“A lot of stuff’s been confused because I’ve been out of the public eye,” he explained.

“You know, I’ve been on tour, so no one really knows what i’m doing out here.”

Justin has been filmed sleeping by a Brazilian girl, publicly blasted for vandalism in both Australia and South America, accused of disrespecting Argentina’s flag, and much more. All of these events have been blown up in the media.

“Of course I make mistakes growing up  –as everybody does,” Justin admitted.

“And I’m not perfect, I’m not a robot. People forget I’m a human being, so i’ve got to make mistakes and grow from it and get stronger…and that’s what I want to do. I want to become a young mogul. I want people to respect me, for not only making music, but for making the right decisions. And sometimes you have to make some wrong ones first.”

Justin’s documentary Believe is out Christmas day — and the 19-year-old said he hopes people can see a different side of him.

“I think Never Say Never showed hope and I think Believe is how you get back up when you fall down, and really that story of what’s going on behind the scenes,” he said.

“People don’t get to see me living as a 19-year-old boy. I’m becoming a man, but I’m still 19. I’m still finding myself. And when I have the media attacking me everyday…it’s no less bullying than what happens in school, with these people calling me names and saying things when they don’t know what’s true or not.”

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Michael Lohan Trying To Stop Dina Lohan’s Tell-All Book

In Lindsay Lohan news, Michael is battling it out with ex-wife Dina over her new book. He learned of the tell-all when Dina’s publishing company called to get him to sign off on what she had written about him. However, Michael turned to a judge to get the book banned because the two are under a gag order not to spill about their lives.

In Bieber news, the singer is back to tagging buildings. Even though he got in trouble for spray painting a building in Brazil, he did it again in Australia. A hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin permission to tag one of its walls. However, the spray painting goes against the government’s efforts to curb tagging in the area.

While the hotel fends off the government, Bieber is focused on getting Selena Gomez back. Even though the singer has been posing with other girls, it’s apparently all a rouse to get Gomez’ attention and hopefully win back her heart. Say what?

Someone winning in love is Ryan Seacrest. The entertainer introduced his new girlfriend, Shayna Taylor, to his parents over the Thanksgiving. The two were spotted in Argentina enjoying a festive holiday weekend. That’s the way to chow down.

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