Skip to main content

Capturing 'El Chapo' shows security strategy works, Mexico's President says

By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 5:33 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by Mexican marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, in Mexico City. Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by Mexican marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, in Mexico City.
HIDE CAPTION
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President: Sinaloa cartel boss was among "world's most wanted criminals"
  • "It is possible to achieve a peaceful Mexico," Peña Nieto says
  • Catching "El Chapo" Guzman shows Mexico's security strategy works, he says

(CNN) -- Capturing one of the world's most wanted criminals shows that Mexico's security strategy is working, the country's President said Monday.

Technology and intelligence helped lead authorities to Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman over the weekend, President Enrique Peña Nieto said at an event marking Flag Day in Mexico.

"The apprehension of one of the most wanted drug lords at the international level shows the effectiveness of the Mexican state, but in no way should it be a motive to fall into triumphalism," he said. "On the contrary, this institutional accomplishment encourages us to move forward, working with passion and energy to demonstrate that, yes, it is possible to achieve a peaceful Mexico."

Peña Nieto praised collaborations between the military and different parts of Mexico's federal government.

Details emerge in drug lord's capture
'El Chapo' arrest 13 years in the works

"This detention reaffirms the commitment that the government has to employ all of its abilities in fighting organized crime," he said.

When the 47-year-old won Mexico's 2012 presidential vote, critics expressed concerns that cracking down on organized crime wouldn't be a priority for his administration and suggested negotiating with drug cartels might be on the table once he took office.

Peña Nieto said his goal was stopping drug violence by addressing the economic and social problems that fuel it.

Since taking office in December 2012, Peña Nieto has talked about fighting cartels significantly less than his predecessor, Felipe Calderon.

But Guzman's arrest Saturday was a sign that taking down drug lords is still on Mexico's a agenda.

READ: 'El Chapo' Guzman: How the world's most wanted drug lord was finally busted

READ: They got 'Shorty' -- now what? Next steps after 'El Chapo' Guzman's capture

READ: The legend of 'El Chapo': Cartel chief cultivated Robin Hood image

CNN's Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:42 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
Successful launch of lunar orbiter, seen as a precursor for a planned mission to the surface of the moon, marks significant advance for the country's space program.
updated 3:15 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, shot while standing guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial, was known for his easygoing manner and smile.
updated 4:06 PM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Non-stop chatter about actress' appearance is nasty, cruel, hurtful, invasive and sexist.
updated 6:08 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
CEO's 30-min Putonghua chat is the perfect charm offensive for Facebook's last untapped market.
updated 11:45 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
Chinese leaders want less odd architecture built in the country.
updated 4:58 PM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Air New Zealand's new 'Hobbit' safety video stars Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, elves and orcs.
updated 10:14 AM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
A 15-year-old pregnant girl is rescued from slavery, only to be charged with having sex outside of marriage, shocked rights activists say -- a charge potentially punishable by death.
updated 11:33 PM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014
After sushi and ramen, beef is on the list of must-eats for many visitors to Japan.
updated 12:07 PM EDT, Mon October 20, 2014
Airports judged on comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.
updated 1:48 PM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Scientists use CT scans to recreate a life-size image of the ancient king.
updated 5:59 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Despite billions spent on eradicating poppy production, Afghan farmers are growing bumper crops, a U.S. government report says.
updated 6:21 AM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT