Notorious cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, reputed to be the world's biggest drug trafficker has been arrested by Mexican marines at a coastal resort.

Guzman, who headed the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested at around dawn in Mazatlan, on Mexico's west coast, after more than a decade on the run.

The UShad offered a $5m (€3.6m) reward for information leading to the arrest of "El Chapo."

He is reputed to be behind much of the drug violence that has plagued Mexico for years.

Mexican forces were acting on a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Agency and US Homeland Security intelligence, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Guzman has amassed an immense fortune while authorities carried out their exhaustive international manhunt to capture him.

Guzman was apprehended more than a decade after escaping from a maximum-security prison in a laundry cart.

Meanwhile, the Mexican president tweeted his delight on the capture:

He said: I recognise the work of the security institutions of the Mexican state in carrrying out the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera in Mazatlán