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El Chapo arrives in America after being extradited by Mexico in snub to Trump: President Nieto sends notorious escape-artist drug lord to NY hours before Donald takes power {F}

Soldier Assigned To Guard Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman Found Murdered, Tortured

Mexican drug lord El Chapo extradited to the US

  • The drug kingpin landed in NY at a Long Island airport on Thursday night 
  • A US official said Mexico wanted to get it done before Donald Trump is sworn in
  • The official said Mexico did it now with a 'Justice Department it knows and trusts'
  • Mexican officials have denied there being any political motivation behind timing 
  • After landing, El Chapo was taken to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center
  • The center in the New York borough is described as 'Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib' 
  • Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced extradition in a statement  

Cartel kingpin El Chapo arrives at Manhattan Correctional Centre
US authorities escort Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from a plane to a hangar at the Long Island McArthur Airport after he was extradited to the US on Thursday

US authorities escort Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from a plane to a hangar at the Long Island McArthur Airport after he was extradited to the US on Thursday

The plane carrying El Chapo can be seen on a runway in New York, as officials wait in a hangar to take the drug lord away

The plane carrying El Chapo can be seen on a runway in New York, as officials wait in a hangar to take the drug lord away

'It could be a coincidence, but I think that's unlikely,' Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said. 

'They could not send him after Trump was inaugurated because the interpretation would have been that of a tribute.

'But maybe they wanted to do it close enough so that both administrations - the outgoing and the incoming - could really make some political hay out of this.'

A former Drug Enforcement Agency senior official also added weight to the theory.

'The Mexican government decided to move up the time frame because they didn't want Trump to be in the presidency when they sent him over,' Michael Vigil, the former head of international operations for the DEA, said.

'They wanted Obama to take credit. They wanted to send a message to Trump that they won't be bullied.' 

Drug kingpin El Chapo arrives in US after extradition
Guzman is pictured arriving in Long Island, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he is received by US authorities to be brought before the courts

Guzman is pictured arriving in Long Island, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he is received by US authorities to be brought before the courts

DEA officers are seen leading El Chapo through the airport after he was extradited to the US on Thursday

DEA officers are seen leading El Chapo through the airport after he was extradited to the US on Thursday

A government source told a similar story to the New York Post, saying: 'Mexico wanted to get this done with a Justice Department it knows and trusts, that understands the gravity and implications of the crimes that "El Chapo" has been apart of.

'That’s not to say that the next Justice Department won’t be just as competent. But with the Trump Administration, everything is a question mark.' 

But Mexico denied any political motivation behind the timing, saying they sent 'El Chapo' to the US as soon as they were able to do so.

Guzman is seen in a chair interviewed by police in an undisclosed location on Thursday. It is not known whether this picture was taken in Mexico or the US

Guzman is seen in a chair interviewed by police in an undisclosed location on Thursday. It is not known whether this picture was taken in Mexico or the US

Law enforcement agents assist a motorcade believed to be transporting Joaquin 'El Chapo' in New York as he is taken to a detention center

Law enforcement agents assist a motorcade believed to be transporting Joaquin 'El Chapo' in New York as he is taken to a detention center

Heavily-armed officers were seen near the motorcade on Thursday night in New York

Heavily-armed officers were seen near the motorcade on Thursday night in New York

Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran, who was asked at a Thursday night news conference about the timing of Guzman's extradition, said the federal government cannot interfere in court decisions.

'It was resolved today, and we under terms of the international treaty had to make the handover immediately,' he said. 

And while Guzman was being extradited, actor Sean Penn was spotted leaving a restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

Penn met the cartel kingpin in a fall 2015 encounter that the actor later chronicled in Rolling Stone magazine.

It is being reported Guzman will be sent to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, before appearing in court on Friday. 

A motorcade carrying Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York

A motorcade carrying Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York

Two officers are seen on duty as the motorcade carrying El Chapo arrived in New York

Two officers are seen on duty as the motorcade carrying El Chapo arrived in New York

A vehicle carrying Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives at the Metropolitan Correctional Center

A vehicle carrying Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives at the Metropolitan Correctional Center

The center has been described by CNN as 'Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib' - thanks in large part to the alleged treatment of prisoners there. 

Justice Department report from 2003 found: 'prison guards slammed detainees into walls, twisted their arms and wrists, lifted restrained prisoners by their arms, and subjected them to humiliating strip searches.' 

He could be tried in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, also in Brooklyn, as it is one of seven with indictments pending against the drug lord, and it is considered to have one of the best chances of getting a conviction.

While Guzman was being extradited, actor Sean Penn was spotted leaving a restaurant in Santa Monica, California

While Guzman was being extradited, actor Sean Penn was spotted leaving a restaurant in Santa Monica, California

The New York indictment accuses him of overseeing a trafficking cartel with thousands of members and billions of dollars in profits laundered back to Mexico. 

It alleges Guzman and other members of the Sinaloa cartel employed hit men who carried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture.

Earlier, El Chapo had left Mexico, where he was being held at a prisoner near the border and El Paso, about 5:30pm local time.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced the extradition in a statement.

'The government... today handed Mr Guzman to the US authorities,' the statement read, referring to a court decision on Thursday rejecting a legal challenge by his lawyers against extradition. 

A group of agents escort Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from a plane to a waiting motorcade at Long Island MacArthur Airport i

A group of agents escort Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from a plane to a waiting motorcade at Long Island MacArthur Airport i

The notorious drug lord is seen in this picture with Mexican authorities before he boarded a plane to the US

The notorious drug lord is seen in this picture with Mexican authorities before he boarded a plane to the US

El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was sent to America by the Mexican government shortly after 5:30pm on Thursday. He is pictured with police

El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was sent to America by the Mexican government shortly after 5:30pm on Thursday. He is pictured with police

'El Chapo' is pictured being walked across the tarmac before he boarded a plane to the US

Police board Mexican Air Force plane after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in Ciudad Juarez

Military trucks and an armored vehicle are parked at a private landing strip where the drug lord boarded a plane to the US

Military trucks and an armored vehicle are parked at a private landing strip where the drug lord boarded a plane to the US


Judge investigating most powerful drugs cartels shot dead while jogging
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'I'm going to make you eat your words': Mexico's billion-dollar drug lord THREATENS Donald Trump on Twitter account 'run by his son' and taunts the world after his dramatic escape from prison  

One of the soldiers tasked with guarding Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman has been found dead.

The BBC reports that the body of 20-year old Jorge Mauricio Melendez Herrera was found on Friday, June 10, in Ciudad Juarez.

Herrera had been stabbed multiples times. His body also showed signs of torture. A forensic expert ruled that he died from a blow to the back of the head.

Mexican authorities have been moving El Chapo frequently to different prisons in an effort to make it more difficult for the Sinaloa Cartel leader to escape again after he was recaptured in January 2016.

El Chapo has escaped twice from maximum security prisons in Mexico. He eluded capture for 13-years after a worker wheeled him out of a facility in a laundry basket onto a truck on January 19, 2001.

Welcome back… behind bars: First picture emerges of El Chapo at maximum security prison where he is now being guarded by dogs after escaping from there twice before 

On July 12, 2015, the man who made the Forbes 2013 billionaires list, slipped out of his cell into an elaborately built tunnel to freedom.

Melendez Herrera was part of a team of 300 soldiers that have guarded the outside of a Ciudad Juarez prison where El Chapo is currently held as he appeals a U.S. extradition.

The facility is just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.

Authorities are investigating Melendez Herrera's death.

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'I told you so!': Donald Trump jumps on escape of 'El Chapo' Mexican drug lord as proof of nation's 'corruption' and says U.S. 'is paying the price'

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman taunts the world after his escape from prison

  • Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, head of powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is on the run
  • He fled a prison in Mexico City through an elaborate tunnel network 
  • El Chapo has now reportedly taken to Twitter to gloat about escape online 
  • Posted threats about Donald Trump who had criticised Guzman's escape   
On the run: Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, pictured in a mugshot last year, fled from his prison last night

On the run: Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, pictured in a mugshot last year, fled from his prison last night

Baffled: Authorities look into the entrance to a secret tunnel through which Guzman is believed to had fled

Baffled: Authorities look into the entrance to a secret tunnel through which Guzman is believed to had fled

Guzman sends a tweet directly to Donald Trump telling him he will eat this words, following his escape from prison 

Guzman sends a tweet directly to Donald Trump telling him he will eat this words, following his escape from prison 

In a series of tweets, Guzman reportedly wrote: 'There's no jail for such a big midget' 

In a series of tweets, Guzman reportedly wrote: 'There's no jail for such a big midget' 

Donald Trump had previously said that Guzman embodies 'everything that is wrong with Mexico' and said he would 'kick his ass' 

Donald Trump had previously said that Guzman embodies 'everything that is wrong with Mexico' and said he would 'kick his ass' 

But following his escape he has took to Twitter and used it to hit back at Trump, who has said that the Guzman embodies 'everything that is wrong with Mexico' and added he would 'kick his ass'. 

On the account, administered by Guzman's son Ivan, the escapee reportedly wrote: 'If you keep p****** me off I'm going to make you eat your words you f****** blonde milk-s*****'. 

He also took aim at the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto saying: ''And you @EPN, don't call me a delinquent because I give people work unlike you you cowardly politician.'

The drugs lord's account became particularly active yesterday, when many believe it was Guzman himself sending messages of victory and threatening his enemies with gruesome death. 

He also posted: 'Never say never, this world keeps turning. In this life, he who risks nothing cannot win'.

He followed up with 'There's no jail for such a big midget' as El Chapo means midget in Spanish as Guzman measures only five foot six inches tall.

He followed up by saying 'Never say never, this world keeps turning' on an account thought to be administer by his son 

He followed up by saying 'Never say never, this world keeps turning' on an account thought to be administer by his son 

The account became particularly active yesterday, when many believe it was Guzman himself sending messages such as 'In this life, he who risks nothing cannot win'

The account became particularly active yesterday, when many believe it was Guzman himself sending messages such as 'In this life, he who risks nothing cannot win'

El Chapo's son Ivan previously hinted about his father's escape from prison earlier this month, tweeting 'Good things come to those who wait' 

El Chapo's son Ivan previously hinted about his father's escape from prison earlier this month, tweeting 'Good things come to those who wait' 

Ivan had earlier posted: 'I won’t lie, I have cried but I bring armed men and I promise that soon the General will be back

Ivan had earlier posted: 'I won't lie, I have cried but I bring armed men and I promise that soon the General will be back

He also started calling death threats on those who have supposedly betrayed him, including El Chabelo, the current incarcerated boss of Sinaloa's rival cartel the Zetas.

Guzman wrote: 'First to die is El Chabelo, for wanting to see me die in prison.'

He then hinted that the authorities had been complicit in the jailbreak by posting: 'The dog (slang for the Mexican government) dances for money, and I've bought it.' 

During his last escape, Guzman hired the help of the prison guards during his first successful escape from maximum security prison, in which he was hidden inside a laundry basket. 

The drugs lord made his latest escape on Saturday through a sophisticated tunnel contained air vents, electric lights, emergency oxygen tanks - and even a motorbike on rails to speed his escape, according to Mexico's National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.

Heavily concealed: The alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison

Heavily concealed: The alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison

Break for freedom: Guzman escaped from the maximum-security prison on Sunday. This was his second jail break in 14 years

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Mexico's Top Drug Lord Just Pulled off the Most Elaborate Jailbreak Ever

Donald Trump jumps on escape of 'El Chapo' drug lord as proof of nation's 'corruption'

  • Candidate spoke out over escape of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
  • Posted on Twitter to say 'I told you so' after weeks of attacking Mexico
  • Trump has said 'cunning' Mexico offloads criminals and rapists on the U.S.
  • Despaired at 'unbelievable corruption' and said 'USA in paying the price'
  • Guzman made audacious escape Sunday from prison west of Mexico City 
Getting involved: Trump, pictured at a campaign event in Las Vegas, used the escape of a dangerous drug lord to redouble his attacks on Mexico
Guzman is listed among the 'World's Most Powerful People' by Forbes magazine, which ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela

Guzman is listed among the 'World's Most Powerful People' by Forbes magazine, which ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela

Guzman was last seen about 9pm Saturday in the shower area of his cell, according to a statement from the National Security Commission.

After a time he was lost by the prison's security camera surveillance network. Upon checking his cell, authorities found it empty and a 20 x 20-inch hole near the shower, which led to the tunnel complex.

Questions were raised Sunday over why Guzman was being held in Mexico, rather than in the U.S., which has filed drug trafficking charges against him. 

Earlier this year, the Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that sending Guzman to the U.S. would save Mexico a lot of money, but keeping him there was a question of national sovereignty.

Beauty queen: Guzman is married to Emma Coronel, pictured

Beauty queen: Guzman is married to Emma Coronel, pictured

Murillo Karam dismissed concerns that Guzman would escape a second time. That risk 'does not exist', he said. Karam has since been replaced.

Sunday's jailbreak was Guzman's second. Guzman was caught by authorities for the first time in Guatemala in 1993, from which he was extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking.

Less than ten years later, in 2001, he escaped from the Puente Grande prison in western Jalisco state with the help of prison guards.

He hid in a laundry cart to make his getaway, but there are several theories as to how he got out.

Guzman is known for his ability to pay off local residents and even authorities, who tipped him off to security operations launched for his capture.

He was finally tracked down to a modest beachside high-rise in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlan in February 2014, where he had been hiding with his beauty-queen wife and twin daughters.

Before security forces captured him, they went on a several-day chase through Culiacan, the capital of his home Sinaloa state, for which the cartel is named.

They found houses with steel-enforced doors and elaborate tunnels - where Guzman had apparently been staying - that allowed him to escape through the sewer system.

Reactions in the United States to Guzman's escape ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.

A former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency said he was dismayed by the weekend escape - apparently through a mile-long tunnel - from the Altiplano prison.

'It is a shock that the most dangerous cartel leader in the world has escaped,' Peter Bensinger said Sunday. 'He ought to have been housed in an American prison.'

Federal police check a house at the end of the tunnel through which he could have escaped

Federal police check a house at the end of the tunnel through which he could have escaped

Triumphant: Trump used the escape to score political capital, after claiming that Mexico purposefully sends killers and rapists to the U.S. to avoid having to deal with them

Sprawling: The Altiplano Federal Penitentiary in Almoloya de Juarez on the outskirts of Mexico City

Officers search huge construction pipes on the large building site next to the prison on Sunday

Officers search huge construction pipes on the large building site next to the prison on Sunday

Mexico's Security Commissioner on Guzman's prison escape

For its part, Mexico's government at the time denied the need to extradite Guzman even as many expressed fears he would inevitably escape. He had escaped before, in 2001, while serving a 20-year sentence in another maximum-security prison in Mexico.

The official U.S. reaction was measured. A statement Sunday from the office of Attorney General Lynch, said, 'We share the government of Mexico's concern regarding the escape' and that the U.S. government was ready 'to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.'

But Bensinger, the former DEA head, said he was sure U.S. authorities would have been quick to express their outrage behind the scenes to their Mexican counterparts.

Search goes on: Mexican soldiers check a coach at a tollbooth of Mexico-Toluca highway, in Mexico City

Search goes on: Mexican soldiers check a coach at a tollbooth of Mexico-Toluca highway, in Mexico City

'They will have made their anger clear,' he said. '... The escape should be addressed at the highest levels of both governments - at the presidential level.'

At least observers weren't surprised by Guzman's escape given Mexican prisons' reputation, including Gal Pissetzky, a defense attorney who has represented suspected drug trafficker in U.S. courts nationwide.

'I'm surprised he stayed locked up in there as long as he did,' Pissetzky said.

This picture shows how close the house (left) is to the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya (right)

This picture shows how close the house (left) is to the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya (right)

Last escape:  Guzman was listed as 'public enemy number one' after he fled from a prison in 2001. This poster lists his height as 5ft 8in, although he is believed to be 5ft 6in, hence his nickname 'The Shorty'

Last escape:  Guzman was listed as 'public enemy number one' after he fled from a prison in 2001. This poster lists his height as 5ft 8in, although he is believed to be 5ft 6in, hence his nickname 'The Shorty'

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{VIDEO+PICS} Cartel boss El Chapo was cooking breakfast for his beauty queen wife when Mexican officials smashed down the door of his secret hotel hideout 'after he was betrayed'

Where Is El Chapo's Beauty Queen Wife? The Twenty Four Year Old Goes Underground As Drug Lord Husband Faces Extradition To The US After He Was Betrayed And Captured

The background: As Guzmán's cartel warred to establish control of the southern side of the U.S. border, it was responsible for thousands of deaths that former DEA Special Operations Division chief Derek Maltz told 60 Minutes included electrocutions, beheadings, mutilations and even "throwing people in acid." A psychological profile taken of Guzmán by Mexican authorities after he was captured in 1993 concluded he was "egocentric, narcissistic, shrewd, persistent, tenacious, meticulous, discriminating and secretive."

Under his direction, the Sinaloa cartel developed a staggering array of high-tech solutions for increasing pressure from the federal government, including drug-smuggling submarines, a cannery that stuffed jalapeños with cocaine, catapults, dune buggies and the infamous tunnel networks.

Guzmán had previously escaped using this drainage canal and tunnel in Culiacan, Mexico.

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World's most wanted DRUG LORD Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Captured By U.S. & Mexican Authorities *UPDATE* Video/Pics Added

Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman and his 22-year-old beauty queen wife

Mexico's richest and most dangerous drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was captured on Saturday 

 

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, the world’s Most Wanted Drug Lord, was cooking breakfast along with his beauty queen wife when police smashed down the door of the condo where they were hiding in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico's Pacific Coast, on Saturday morning.

When he was snatched, breakfast was still on the stove, an indication of his abrupt departure. Guzman had a military-style assault rifle with him but didn't fire a shot after attempting to escape through a network of tunnels hidden beneath his bathtub, the officials said.

Officials have now confirmed that the woman that was with him at the time of his arrest was his 24-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, who had given birth to twin girls two years ago.

Powerful: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Mexico, after finally being captured Saturday following years on the run

Powerful: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Mexico, after finally being captured Saturday following years on the run

The final strike came when marines closed the beachside road in front of the Miramar condominiums, a 10-story, pearl-colored building with white balconies overlooking the Pacific and a small pool in front.

Smashing down the door of an austerely decorated fourth-floor condo, they seized Guzman a few minutes after the sun rose.

Only days earlier ’El Chapo’ had escaped through an escape tunnel hidden under a bath after Mexican troops forced their way into his main hideout in Culiacan.

Mexican marines working with U.S. authorities chased him but lost the man known as 'Shorty' in a maze of tunnels under the city, a U.S. government official and a senior law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The senior law enforcement official said the Mexican marines deserve credit for taking Guzman alive and without either side firing a shot.

'We never anticipated, ever, that he would be taken alive,' the official said.

When he was snatched, breakfast was still on the stove, an indication of his abrupt departure. Guzman had a military-style assault rifle with him but didn't fire a shot, the officials said

When he was snatched, breakfast was still on the stove, an indication of his abrupt departure. Guzman had a military-style assault rifle with him but didn't fire a shot, the officials said

It has been confirmed that Guzman's wife and former beauty queen Emma Coronel was with him when he was arrested

It has been confirmed that Guzman's wife and former beauty queen Emma Coronel was with him when he was arrested

Where is she: Guzman's wife and former beauty queen Emma Coronel was not accounted for in news of the raid
Mom: Guzman married Coronel when she was just 18-years-old. In 2011, when she was 22, Coronel gave birth to Guzman's twin daughters in a hospital in LA county

Mom: Guzman married Coronel when she was just 18-years-old. In 2011, when she was 22, Coronel gave birth to Guzman's twin daughters in a hospital in LA county

When Guzman was finally in handcuffs, the man who eluded Mexican authorities for more than a decade looked pudgy, bowed and middle-aged in a white button-down shirt and beltless black jeans.

Now 56, he had been on the run since escaping from prison in 2001 in a laundry truck. During those 13 years, Guzman was rumored to live everywhere from Argentina to Mexico's 'Golden Triangle,' a mountainous, marijuana-growing region straddling the northern states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua.

Under his leadership, the Sinaloa Cartel grew deadlier and more powerful, taking over much of the lucrative trafficking routes along the U.S. border.

It seems Guzman - who is worth an estimated $1billion - was getting tired of living the safe life after 12 years in hiding, and let down his guard to enjoy his wealth in the resort town popular with American tourists.

In this image released by Mexico's Attorney General's Office, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is photographed against a wall after his arrest in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico

In this image released by Mexico's Attorney General's Office, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is photographed against a wall after his arrest in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico

 

The noose started tightening around Guzman earlier this month.

Federal forces began sweeping through Culiacan, capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa - closing streets, raiding houses, seizing automatic weapons, drugs and money, and arresting a series of men Mexican officials carefully described to reporters as top officials for Zambada.

At each house, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below the bathtubs. Each hatch led to a series of interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system.

The officials said three tons of drugs, suspected to be cocaine and methamphetamine, were found at one of the stash houses.

An Associated Press reporter who walked through one of the tunnels had to dismount into a canal and stoop to enter the drain pipe, which was filled with water and mud and smelled of sewage. About 2300 feet in, a trap door was open, revealing a newly constructed tunnel.

Large and lined with wood panels like a cabin, the passage had lighting and air conditioning. At the end of the tunnel was a blue ladder attached to the wall that led to one of the houses Mexican authorities say Guzman used as a hideout.

Guzman's downfall began last week when several of his Sinaloa cartel henchmen were arrested by Mexican authorities.

On February 13, a man known as '19,' whom officials called the new chief of assassins for Ismael Zambada, one of Guzman's top henchmen, was arrested with two other men on the highway to the coastal resort city of Mazatlan.

Drug lord: Joaquin 'El Chapa' Guzman is led into a military helicopter following his arrest on Saturday

 

Escape: Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin. Authorities believe he had inside help
Escape: Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin. Authorities believe he had inside help

Escape: Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin. Authorities believe he had inside help

Across the border: Coronel returned to Mexico legally after giving birth to her twins

Across the border: Coronel returned to Mexico legally after giving birth to her twins

 

Working on the information gleaned through wiretaps and from Guzman's bodyguards, Mexican marines swarmed the house of Guzman's ex-wife but struggled to batter down the steel-reinforced door, according to Mexican authorities and former U.S. law-enforcement officials briefed on the operation.

As the marines forced their way in, Guzman fled through a secret door beneath a bathtub down a corrugated steel ladder into a network of tunnels and sewer canals that connect to six other houses in Culiacan, the officials said.

Guzman fled south to Mazatlan. On his heels, a team of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up a base of operations with Mexican marines in the city, according to the current U.S. law-enforcement official.

Early on Saturday morning, Guzman's reign came to an end without a shot fired. Marines closed the beachside road in front of the Miramar condominiums, a 10-story, pearl-colored building with white balconies overlooking the Pacific and a small pool in front.

Smashing down the door of an austerely decorated fourth-floor condo, they seized the country's most-wanted man at 6:40am, a few minutes after the sun rose.

A neighbor who declined to identify himself for fear of retaliation said the apartment had only been occupied for two days.

An employee of the building's cleaning staff said that clothes were strewn across the floor and bed in the condo, and humble domestic appliances - a microwave, a floor fan, a flat-screen TV on a small table - were left inside.

Raid: Clothes and toiletries are scattered across a bed where Guzman was found with an unidentified woman

Raid: Clothes and toiletries are scattered across a bed where Guzman was found with an unidentified woman

Dawn raid: A pancake left in a frying pan can be seen on the stove of the condominium where Guzman was arrested

Dawn raid: A pancake left in a frying pan can be seen on the stove of the condominium where Guzman was arrested

Trapped: Marines broke into the seaside home in a complex where apartments are rented for about $1,200 a month
Got him: Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was arrested in an early morning raid in the resort town of Mazatlan
Indictments: Guzman faces federal indictments in the U.S. for drug-trafficking charges
Extradition: It's unclear when - or if - Guzman will be extradited to the U.S., where he faces federal charges over drug trafficking allegations

Extradition: It's unclear when - or if - Guzman will be extradited to the U.S., where he faces federal charges over drug trafficking allegations

 
 

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The head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, the Associated Press has learned.

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Comment by Bombahdrop on June 16, 2016 at 9:15pm
Something big is brewing I can feel it
Comment by Bombahdrop on June 16, 2016 at 9:15pm
Can someone tell me what killary and odummer and there team are doing about terror besides running and staying quiet while they destroy other countris in secret. Right now Obama is taunting Russia over the black Sea Why if they have no business over there.
Comment by audrey cumberbatch on July 17, 2015 at 9:28am
Hahaha I hope this threat materialize!
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on July 17, 2015 at 9:27am
Mr Pinata has a big mouth and he's afraid of getting his candy wig pushed back. Trump has no one to blame but himself. Proverbs 13th chapter 3rd vrs God says, he that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life.
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on July 14, 2015 at 2:00am
Oh boyee
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on July 13, 2015 at 3:32pm
The same things that go on with drugs could go on with almost any thing; liquor; weapons; slavery; infinity. The most dangerous , commonality is greed. Don't need drugs specifically for that. People will always look up to others & out for others. When people fuel their greed with hatred things get dangerous.
Comment by sanik syncro on July 13, 2015 at 3:22pm
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Comment by conscious1 on July 13, 2015 at 3:04pm

What can I say?  I guess with money the possibilities are endless....lol, lol, lol

Comment by DKNY Promotions on July 13, 2015 at 2:31pm
Just give me a few stacks of those bills! The rest is all politics...
Comment by Sandra Fuller on July 13, 2015 at 6:05am
Trump would use this opportunity to grandstand. What about the two murderers who escaped from a prison here in the U.S. IT HAPPENS!

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