MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Friday that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison.
Responding to what was seen as one of the biggest embarrassments of his administration — Guzman's July 11 escape through a tunnel from Mexico's highest-security prison — Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: "mission accomplished: we have him."
Guzman is considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Treasury. Here's a snapshot of his life of crime (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Born in either 1954 or 1957 - sources disagree on the date of his birth.
1970s - Works for drug lord Héctor "El Güero" Palma by transporting drugs and overseeing shipments.
1980s - Introduced to Félix Gallardo, one of the major drug lords in Mexico at that time. Guzman first works as a chauffeur for Gallardo before being put in charge of logistics to coordinate drug shipments from Colombia to Mexico by land, air and sea.
1993 - Captured in Guatemala, extradited back to Mexico and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking.
2001 - Escapes from a federal maximum-security prison after bribing prison guards.
2003 - Becomes Mexico's top drug kingpin after the arrest of his rival, Osieal Cardenas of the Gulf of Cartel.
2011 - Named the 10th richest man in Mexico with a net worth of roughly U.S. $1 billion.
2013 - Chicago Crime Commission names Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "Public Enemy Number One" for the
influence of his criminal network in Chicago, though there is no evidence Guzman had ever been in that city.
2014 - Is arrested by Mexican authorities in Mexico.
July, 2015 - Escapes from prison for a second time.
January 8, 2016 - Recaptured at Los Mochis, Sinaloa following a gun battle.