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"Shorty" Guzman's Protector Captured in Mexico

Mexico announces the arrest of the "security chief" for the country's most wanted drug lord.

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Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman has been in hiding
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By Liam Delaney

02/11/13

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The Mexican military announced they have arrested Jonathan Salas, the suspected chief of security for Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman. After Salas was detained on Saturday near the town of Costa Rica in the Sinaloa State, he was allegedly captured with the help of three helicopters and at least eight navy vehicles. Prosecutors accuse Salas of being the man in charge of protecting Guzman, the fugitive leader of the Sinaloa cartel, who was first arrested in 1993. He escaped from a maximum security prison in a laundry basket in 2001 and has since been the most-wanted man in Mexico, with the US State Department offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest. Guzman narrowly escaped capture last March, around the same time Sinaloa Governor Mario Lopez Valdez announced that Salas, known as "The Ghost," had been killed by the Mexican navy; the statement turned out to be false and Salas reportedly escaped. Lopez has not yet commented on his recent arrest.

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