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Mexico captures suspected son of most wanted drug lord 'El Chapo'

MEXICO CITY - Jesus Alfredo Guzman, to be the son of Mexico’s most wanted drug gang boss “El Chapo,” it believed to have been captured, officials in the country said Thursday.

A man suspected to be Jesus Alfredo was held in the western state of Jalisco on Thursday morning, the Navy said in a statement.

His father Joaquin Guzman - nicknamed “Shorty,” or "El Chapo" in Spanish - escaped a Mexican jail in a laundry cart in 2001 and runs the Sinaloa cartel, arguably the country's most powerful gang. 

Drug violence in Mexico has exploded over the last decade, and there have been more than 55,000 drug-related killings since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006. 

One killed every half hour in Mexico drug-related violence

Thursday's arrest comes just over week before Mexico votes for a new president. The ruling National Action Party has lost support due to the drug violence ravaging the country. The constitution bars Calderon from running for re-election. 

A video "mockumentary" that shows children as kidnappers, corrupt cops and drug traffickers sparked a fierce debate in violence-torn Mexico. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

The U.S. Treasury said last month Americans were banned from doing any business with two of Guzman's sons, who were identified as Ivan Guzman and Ovidio Guzman, under the terms of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. 

Cross-border methamphetamine trade booms amid Mexico's 'war on drugs'

Reuters contributed to this report

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