TODAY   |  February 24, 2014

Drug kingpin captured in Mexico

Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” has been caught after a month-long operation, with help from the U.S. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

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>> and we are learning more about how mexico has captured its most wanted man. el chapo , his arrest has huge implications around the world. and comes from help from u.s. agencies.

>> reporter: new details this morning about the dramatic arrest of mexican king ping guzman known as el chapo . they've been hot on his heels for the last few weeks. they claim to have just missed him after raiding a safe house recently. guzman had escaped climbing through tunnels. this video released by the mexican attorney general's office shows a stairway heading down to a tunnel which connects to a city drainage system. his luck ran out when mexican marines captured him in the resort town . for drug agents, a huge catch.

>> chapo guzman is the most prolific trafficker of heroin, meth amphetamine and marijuana in the world.

>> reporter: he supplies most of the elicit drugs crossing the u.s. border. he's been indicted in half dozen american cities . "forbes" magazines labeled him one of the world's richest men. and in 2001 , he escaped from a maximum security prison . but now that he's behind bars again, u.s. officials plan to seek his extradition. mark potter , nbc news, miami.