Police used a mobile phone to finally track down drug lord Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, officials have revealed.
The phone, belonging to one of Guzman's aides, provided key information as to the whereabouts of the cartel leader and led police to a beachfront flat where Guzman was hiding.
Officials also revealed that each of Guzman's houses they came across during his decade on the run had steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below the bathtubs with each latch leading to a series of interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system.
The United States will seek the extradition of Mexico's drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, officials said.
Federal prosecutors in New York plan to seek the extradition of Mexico's most wanted man, Guzman, who was captured on Saturday in Mexico with help from U.S. agencies, had long run Mexico's infamous Sinaloa Cartel.
The United States had placed a $5 million bounty on Guzman's head. His cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States, and fought vicious turf wars with other Mexican gangs
"The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence, and corruption," Holder said in a statement.
Pena Nieto confirmed the arrest via Twitter on Saturday and congratulated his security forces.
The capture is a huge political victory for Pena Nieto, who took office in late 2012. "Guzman is the jewel in the crown, the most wanted drug boss in recent years and in that sense this is a great success," said Jorge Chabat, an expert on drug trafficking at the CIDE research center.
Mexico's most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured in Mexico by US and Mexican law enforcement officials, sources told Reuters, in what would mark a major coup in a grisly fight against drug gangs.
"Shorty" Guzman runs Mexico's infamous Sinaloa Cartel and is believed to command groups of hitmen from the US border into Central America.
The United States had placed a $5 million bounty on Guzman's head and authorities in Chicago last year dubbed him the city's first Public Enemy No.1 since gangster Al Capone.
"Shorty" Guzman escaped a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001 to become the country's most high-profile trafficker.He was indicted in the United States on dozens of charges of racketeering and conspiracy to import cocaine, heroin, marijuana and crystal meth.