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Mexican police arrested the father-in-law of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Tuesday, delivering a personal blow to the most wanted man in the country, officials said Tuesday.
Ines Coronel Barreras, who is suspected of smuggling marijuana to the United States, was captured by federal police in a house in the northern Sonora state "without taking a single shot," said senior interior ministry official Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez.
The 45-year-old alleged member of the Sinaloa drug cartel was detained alongside four other suspects, Sanchez told a news conference. Police also seized two vehicles, four rifles, one gun and 255 kilograms of marijuana.
The government showed a video of the burly, mustachioed Coronel coming off a federal police airplane in handcuffs, wearing a short-sleeve checkered shirt and holding his head down.
Sanchez said Coronel was growing marijuana and smuggling it into the US state of Arizona.
The US Treasury Department designated Coronel as a "key operative" of the Sinaloa drug cartel in January, blacklisting him alongside a "senior lieutenant" of Guzman identified as Damaso Lopez Nunez.
The designation bars any US citizen from conducting business with them and freezes any assets they may have in the United States.
Coronel is the father of Guzman's third wife, Emma, who married the drug kingpin in the northern state of Durango in 2007.
Guzman has been in hiding since escaping from a Mexican maximum security prison in 2001. He had been captured in Guatemala in 1993.
The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Guzman, who was taken off Forbes magazine's list of billionaires this year.