A day very much like today ten years ago, Joaquin Guzman Loera, known internationally as El Chapo escaped a federal prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco
Many myths have been created around this great escape and his reported $1 billion net worth, but what is most important to know is that El Chapo is alive and well living amidst much luxury and with out apparent fear of authorities of recapture.
On numerous occasions Mexican officials reaffirm their commitment to recapturing the Sinaloa cartel leader but their actions show they are more interested in other narco traffickers working in Mexico. The $7 million bounty hasn’t enticed anyone to turn him in either.
El Chapo has been seen many times, even by religious leaders, dining in elegant restaurants especially in his home state of Sinaloa. Mexican police insist he is hiding in the mountains and WikiLeaks alleges he moves between 10 to 15 different locations with a security detail of 300.
When El Chapo travels with his security team and dines in public, he asks restaurant patrons to not take pictures or use any communication devices. For the inconvenience he pays for all of the patrons dining expense. He hires well known performers to liven up his holidays or special occasions and is known to enjoy a pachanga/party or two.
Chapo, considered the second wealthiest man in Mexico (behind Carlos Slim), rose from poverty to power and clearly likes to enjoy the good things in life. He appears to be enjoying life more especially after being incarcerated for eight years before his legendary escape in a laundry cart.