Finally! The world’s most wanted drug lord — Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera — is back in custody six months after his spectacular jailbreak. The Mexican cartel leader was captured alive in a pre-dawn raid on a motel in Los Mochis, Mexico, located in his home state of Sinaloa.
At last! Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, 57, is back in jail after six months on the run. He famously broke out of Altiplano prison in July 2015 using an elaborate underground tunnel to escape the maximum-security facility in central Mexico. It was a huge embarrassment for Mexican authorities, who have been on his trail ever since to get him back behind bars. After a raid on a motel in Los Mochis, Mexico, Jan. 8, they finally got their man.
Now that El Chapo is finally back in custody, let’s get to know five things about him!
1. Why is he nicknamed El Chapo?
It’s a spanish nickname for “Shorty.” The diminuative cartel leader is only 5′ 6″ tall.
2. He’s the most powerful drug lord in Mexico.
As head of the Sinaloa Cowboys – Mexico’s most dominant drug cartel – his organization smuggles multi-ton cocaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico and into the United States by air, sea and road, and has distribution cells throughout the U.S. They’ve also expanded their drug exports to Southeast Asia in recent years.
3. His status as the Sinaloa cartel leader made him world-famous and rich.
Each year from 2009 to 2011 Forbes magazine ranked El Chapo as one of the most powerful people in the world, ranking 41st, 60th and 55th respectively. Thus, he was the second most powerful man in Mexico, just after business tycoon Carlos Slim, who’s worth over $70 billion. In 2013, the magazine estimated El Chapo’s net worth to be over $4 billion.
4. He’s responsible for thousands of murders.
El Chapo has claimed to have directly or indirectly caused the deaths of thousands of people. The Sinaloa cartel is known to be the most ruthless crime organization in Mexico.
5. He’s known for his amazing prison breakouts.
He was jailed in 2001 but managed to escape — possibly with the help of paid off guards — through either a laundry cart or dressing as a woman. After 13 years on the lam he was finally arrested in Feb. 2014 but managed to break out of a maximum security prison in July 2015, through a secret shower hatch that led to a 1-mile tunnel that had been built leading from his cell to a piece of property outside of the prison grounds. It was complete with lighting, ventilation ducts, and a waiting motorcycle to take him the distance.
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised El Chapo has been recaptured?