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Apr 2, 2014 12:37 PM by Associated Press

US praises Mexico for role in drug kingpin arrest

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. government officials say the arrest of Mexico's most wanted drug kingpin was a Mexican-led operation and a significant win for that country's government. They say it's proof Mexico and the United States have a strong relationship.

James Dinkins is executive associate director for homeland security investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday that Mexico deserves the credit for the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. ICE officials, along agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshal Service, helped end the decade-long manhunt.

Dinkins says the relationship between the two countries is the "best it's been."

Alan Bersin, the Homeland Security Department's assistant secretary of international affairs, says cooperation on both drug cartel concerns and immigration continues to grow.

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