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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured Friday, February 21, 2014, at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.
In 2009, Joaquin Guzman-Loera was indicted in a criminal case filed in Chicago, charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, and importing cocaine and heroin into the United States. A warrant was issued for his arrest. According to court documents, as part of the conspiracy Guzman-Loera is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Guzman-Loera is the head of the Guzman-Loera faction, and is ultimately responsible for its operation. Guzman-Loera obtained and negotiated the price for multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Central and South American countries, including Colombia and Panama, and directed and arranged for the transportation of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin from the interior of Mexico to the United States border, and then into and throughout the United States.