Is El Chapo Guzman Alive? The Mexican drug lord is second to none the most wanted man in both Mexico and the United States. It seems that after all speculation and questions whether Guzman is alive or dead, the picture to your lower left has emerged, according to Borderland Beats.
If this photo is recent, you can imagine the drug lord is probably laughing at those thousands of Twitter users, and governments officials who believed Guzman was dead.
The Borderland Beats photograph shows a man with a mustache, dark hair , styled in a military camouflage uniform. Univision Network, Twitter, Excelsior and other media outlets have published the alleged photo of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
Neither the authorities nor anyone else has talked at length about the veracity of the photograph.
The Borderland Beats blog is dedicated to spreading news about drug trafficking. There website would have been in charge of distributing the controversial picture of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, which has been viral for several days.
According to Borderland Beats, the photo was received by mail between the 9th and 10th of March.
The newspaper Excelsior and El Siglo de Torreón’s released on March 14.
El Apartado provides details about the Chapo Photo. The blog’s author, Chivis Martinez, claims, he received the image in an email, but added that he cannot confirm the pictures authenticity.
To their credit, the site also makes clear that they have no evidence the image is that of Joaquin Guzman Loera. However, according to the article, a preliminary analysis showed no evidence of tampering with the use of programs like Photoshop.
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, if still alive, would be 56-years-old.
This is not the first time news about El Chapo has surfaced on the web. Just a few months ago the most-wanted drug lord was suspected of being dead after a shootout in Guatemala near the Mexican border. Guatemalan authorities said Friday they are investigating the possibility. But hours later backtracked and said they hadn’t.
Guatemalan official say there is no evidence that Guzman had been killed in a rural north shootout, and called such reports; false.
At the time the shootout occurred, border officials in Guatemala reported one of two dead bodies resembles the Sinaloa drug cartel leader.
Officials have clearly walked these statements back.
“We have no reports so far of a clash between [drug traffickers and] the police or the army,” said Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, Interior Administration of Guatemalan. “I am sorry if there was a misunderstanding,” he said.
Guzman is accused of trafficking 1,500 to 2,000 kilograms of cocaine through Chicago each month. The Northern District of Illinois is seeking the forfeiture of more than $1.8 billion in cash proceeds through its indictment against him.
“If I were to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat that guy (Capone) alive,” Bilek said to AP.
With the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Guzman became the most wanted man in the world. It is estimated that El Chapo controls at least 60,000 square km (23,000 square miles) of rugged mountains in Sinaloa and Durango.
It is clear that reports of Guzman’s death and sudden resurrection are purely all speculative. As I have pointed out, his death is just as speculative as suggesting this new image of El Chapo proves he’s alive. It doesn’t. Nevertheless, after evaluating the veracity of reports that contributed to the widespread perception Guzman had been killed in a shootout, it’s quite clear no hard evidence points to his death. Therefore, we’ve concluded, Guzman is alive and well.