Guzman ‘El Chapo’ Built Underground Tunnels Connecting Homes


Mexican authorities caught the world’s most notorious drug lord in a resort town on Saturday after an immense hunt through the home state of the renowned capo whose international group is the chief provider of cocaine to the United States of America. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, 56, the dreaded drug lord, used underground tunnels under the houses to escape from the police.

The whole story of his arrest may seem like a Hollywood movie, but it is not. All the wealth was spent to reinforce the hideouts and the homes to avoid arrest. There were several houses and condominiums which were connected via tunnels to lay out the escaping routes via during raids.

The drug lord was detained by the Mexican marines at 6:39 a.m. in a high-rise condo facing the Pacific. He was trapped with an unknown woman, said one official not approved to be mentioned by name, who added that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service were “deeply involved” in the arrest.

Mexican security organizations came on numerous houses where “El Chapo” was identified to stay. Murillo Karam said, mentioning that they tracked tunnels joining 7 houses and the city’s drain system, probably for escape. The doors were steel-clad, which deferred the access by law enforcement, presumably permitting Guzman to escape many times at his capture, before Saturday.

A federal law implementation official said intelligence from a Homeland Security Department inquiry also helped guide the U.S. and Mexican police to his location. All these years the drug lord was actually hiding in the mountains to avoid arrest but the utilization of the sewer system to facilitate escape is definitely something which needed planning. Connecting the homes via underground tunnels, the drug lord of Sinaloa, “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman did succeed in fooling the authorities in many occasions, but not all.

Mexican government, centred on a succession of arrests in recent months, got a breeze that the drug lord of Mexico was traveling around Culiacan, capital of his home town for which the drug group is named. Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam labelled a mission that was organized somewhere near February 13 and February 17, focused on 7 houses linked by passageways and to the town’s sewer network.

He said they had “El Chapo” in their sights many times throughout that time but were unable to build a mission earlier because of likely dangers to the common public. The home entrances were armor-plated with steel that deferred entry by government officials, apparently letting Joaquin to escape numerous efforts at his imprisonment previously. Murillo Karam did not deliberate how experts tracked him to Mazatlan.

“El Chapo” grew up as a poor and was drawn to the cash flow due to drugs through his home state of Sinaloa. He enlisted in the Guadalajara lobby, run by Mexican God-father Miguel Angel Gallardo, and rose rapidly through the ranks as a cruel manufacturer and expert organizer. The drug lord is still famous in folk music and is said to have relished unfathomable shelter from modest villagers in the rocky mountains of Sinaloa and Durango where he has hidden from establishments. Nevertheless, even after building such massive network of underground tunnels via the homes, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman got arrested, proving that criminal activities are short lived.

Sunando Basu


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