Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and U.S. Senator Kirk Statements on Capture of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman Loera

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.”

Illinois U.S. Senator Kirk Statement on Capture of Drug Kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement today after the Mexican government reported that notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured. He escaped for the second time from a Mexican maximum security prison last summer and has been on the run ever since.

“It is a relief that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1, has finally been captured after six months on the run. El Chapo has flooded the streets of Chicago with drugs, including heroin, and empowered dangerous gangs that have taken far too many lives in Chicago and our suburbs. El Chapo, who along with the Sinaloa Cartel is thought to be responsible for more than 80 percent of the street drugs sold in Chicago, should immediately be extradited to the United States, prosecuted and convicted so we can be certain he is punished for the crimes he has committed.”