El Chapo, the international criminal and drug lord has been connected to numerous crimes including many murders during his time as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. They are the most powerful cartel in Mexico, and El Chapo has led them with an iron fist. When Mexican Marines raided the safe house he was using in early January of 2016, a fierce fire fight ensued, and believe it or not El Chapo almost escaped again. Check out how he did it below!
The safe house definitely wasn’t in a secluded location. It was in the middle of city actually.
This is the safe house that “El Chapo” Guzman was hiding in. It’s a fairly innocuous looking place. Perfect for an international criminal wanting to lay low, or so he thought.
The place has definitely seen better days. It looks like a bunch of homeless people have been crashing here for a few months.
The counters look a little bit like what they did in my college apartment. That probably says more about me than it does a fugitive on the run though.
This place is an absolute pig sty. When you’re an international criminal on the lam though, you are probably more worried about not getting captured on a daily basis than what your place looks like.
Every single piece of the place was documented by investigators. Even the old gross food on the floor is noted.
Having to spend your time in here all day every day would be absolute torture.
Mexican Marines battled it out with El Chapo’s body guards during the raid to capture him. Bullet holes riddle the walls of the whole house.
It wouldn’t be fun to have to live in squalor when you’re one of the richest drug king pins on the planet.
A man who is worth over a billion dollars, living out of a bag. A little ironic isn’t it?
At least he had some T.V. shows to keep him company.
Unfortunately for the Mexican Marines that stormed his safe house, El Chapo had another way to escape. It was located right behind this mirror.
The mirror swings open and reveals a secret passage underneath the house.
El Chapo has escape tunnels built in to almost every place he stays extended periods of time in. This one leads to the sewers.
This would be absolutely disgusting to have to walk through, human feces would be floating everywhere. When you’re fleeing for your life however, you probably don’t give a crap….get it?
Mexican Marines pursued El Chapo through these sets of tunnels.
This door leads up to a sewer door in the street. El Chapo actually made it out of the tunnel.
Evidence of the cartel was scattered all throughout the sewer system, including this M-4 with a 203 grenade launcher attachment.
Eventually after stealing two cars, Chapo was pulled over and arrested. They got their man.
El Chapo is a violent criminal who needed to be brought to justice. Mexican authorities have authorized extradition to the United States, that will most likely take a while however. El Chapo’s lawyers have contended that he cannot get a fair trial in the United States because of Donald Trump. Trump has called El Chapo out on numerous occasions, and the drug lord subsequently put a hit out on Trump for an obscene amount of money. $100 million dollars to be exact. This situation will continue to play out in the news, and it is going to be very interesting to see if El Chapo can be contained until he is extradited.