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Father-in-law of drug kingpin "El Chapo" Guzman arrested, Mexican TV reports

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Mexico City, Apr 30 (EFE).- Mexican police arrested Ines Coronel, the father-in-law of the country's biggest drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, government officials told the local Milenio television network on Tuesday.

Milenio, citing Public Safety officials with the federal government, said that Coronel will be presented publicly by authorities in the next few hours.

The information has not been confirmed by the Interior Secretariat as yet, but that ministry called a press conference for 7 p.m. (0000 GMT on Wednesday).

Interior Secretariat spokespeople did not say why the press conference had been scheduled, but representatives of the Defense Secretariat, the Navy and the Attorney General's Office are also slated to speak there.

Coronel is considered to be one of Guzman's main henchmen within the Sinaloa drug cartel. Guzman presides over broad international drug trafficking networks and has become Mexico's most wanted man.

According to Milenio, Coronel was arrested in the northeastern state of Sonora on an unspecified date.

He is the father of the drug trafficker's current wife, Emma Coronel, who married Guzman in 2007 and on August 15, 2011, gave birth to twins in Los Angeles.

Last January, the U.S. Treasury Department included Ines Coronel on a list of several people close to the kingpin whose assets were frozen.

The Treasury Department said at the time that Coronel was included on the list for allegedly being a part of the Sinaloa drug trafficking network.

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