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Argentine security minister: Fugitive Mexican drug boss 'El Chapo' could be in the country

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican Navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City. Argentina’s secretary of security said Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 the government has received a tip that Guzman could be in the South American nation. Mexico's government has been offering a reward of 60 million pesos, or about $3.5 million dollars, for Guzman's recapture after he made his second escape from a maximum security prison through an underground tunnel in July 2015. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican Navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City. Argentina’s secretary of security said Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 the government has received a tip that Guzman could be in the South American nation. Mexico's government has been offering a reward of 60 million pesos, or about $3.5 million dollars, for Guzman's recapture after he made his second escape from a maximum security prison through an underground tunnel in July 2015. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Argentina's top security official says the government is acting on a tip that fugitive Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be in the South American nation.

Security Minister Sergio Berni says authorities "received information that 'El Chapo' tried to cross the Chilean-Argentine border."

Berni said Friday that extra federal agents were being sent to the border while the information was being analyzed. He did not elaborate on the source or nature of the tip.

Nor did he specify where along the long border, which includes the Andes mountain range and large swaths of thick Patagonian forest, other than to say it was in the "southern" part of the country.

Guzman is head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. He has twice escaped maximum-security prisons, most recently in July.