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Holder salutes 'landmark' arrest of drug chief

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the capture in Mexico of the world's most-wanted drug lord is a "landmark achievement."

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken into custody Saturday morning in the resort city of Mazatlan. He is being taken to prison in Mexico and faces multiple drug trafficking indictments in the U.S.

Holder says in a statement that the arrest of the Sinaloa cartel drug chief is a "victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States." The attorney general says Guzman directed a criminal enterprise that contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives around the world through drug addiction, violence and corruption.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson calls the arrest a "milestone" in law enforcement efforts to fight drug trafficking along the border.


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