23 Jun 2012

Drug lord's son in custody

12:45 pm on 23 June 2012

Mexican troops have arrested the son of the country's most-wanted drug suspect, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 26, was arrested in central Jalisco state in an operation by marines in the city of Zapopan.

He was indicted on drug trafficking charges in the US state of Illinois in 2009.

The BBC reports it is unclear whether he will be tried in Mexico or extradited to the United States.

His father is the boss of the Sinaloa cartel, which controls much of the flow of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine to the United States.

"El Chapo" Guzman has been in hiding ever since he escaped from prison in 2001.