El Chapo CAUGHT!!!

1/8/2016 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar1:45 PM PST -- The Mexican President just said the recapture of Chapo was the product of an investigation that went on for months, "allowing us to shut down his network protection."

The president says they captured or killed 98 out of the 122 most wanted criminals in Mexico.

1:15 PM PST -- Mexican boxer Fernando "El Cochulito" Montiel told Univision his home in Los Mochis was right next to the sting operation and swarmed by Navy officials, but El Chapo moved through the sewers and was eventually arrested at a motel on the outskirts of town.

12:15 PM PST -- Photos have surfaced on various Mexican news outlets allegedly showing El Chapo in the back of a cop car. There are also images floating around of the arsenal he allegedly had with him.

update_grey_gray_barEl Chapo has been captured, after being on the run for nearly six months.

Mexican officials say they caught the drug kingpin after a shootout with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, Mexico.

Five suspects were reportedly killed in the gun battle and 6 others arrested. One marine was injured.

The shootout went down at a home, where authorities seized a number of weapons, including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. 

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The President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, just made the announcement.

The Prez tweeted, "Mission accomplished. We have him. I want to inform the Mexicans Joaquin Guzman Loera [El Chapo] has been arrested."

Story developing.

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