Today in 2016 Mexican authorities ended Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s second vacation from prison, after nearly 200 days on the lam. A capture that lead to Guzman’s extradition on January 19, 2017 to the U.S. – the country he now calls home. Well actually the Metropolitan Correctional Center is his home, now.
The head of the Sinaloa Cartel is a Forbes-certified billionaire who heads an organization that controls the manufacturing, distribution and sales of much of the illegal drugs consumed in this country. His narco organization annually earns anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion in tax-free revenue all while enforcing its leadership position with ruthless brutality.
The Mexican marines tracked Guzman to Los Mochis, Sinaloa by following several of his lieutenants and observing a large taco order being delivered to a house the day before the raid. The house in Los Mochis had been under surveillance for over a month when finally a flurry of activity indicated to authorities something big was about to happen - which later proved to be the arrival of El Chapo.
The raid started at 4:30 a.m. resulting in a gun battle that allowed Guzman to take off on foot and killing five of his men. Guzman was able to escape through a sewer coming out to street level, where he proceeded to steal a car.
The powerful narco was captured several hours later after El Chapo was found in the car fleeing the area. Hours later President Enrique Peña Nieto announced to the world:
“Mission accomplished: We have him.”
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