Mexican Authorities Was Watching El Chapo For A Month Before He Was Captured
New details emerge on how Druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured after he managed to steal a car after being chased through drains and sewers of Los Mochis.
Security forces revealed how they finally captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after a four-hour gunfight and a subterranean chase through the stinking sewers and drains of Los Mochis, a coastal city in the north-western state of Sinaloa.
Once again, a man who built a fortune on his drug cartel’s use of smuggling tunnels believed escape lay underground.
The authorities had been watching the house for a month and had El Chapo in their sights before dawn on Friday morning.
As they made their move, 11 of Guzman’s henchmen opened fire, buying him enough time to slip away.
“You could hear intense gunfire and a helicopter. It was fierce,” said a neighbour, describing how the battle began at 4am and raged for three hours.
With five men dead and six arrested, the chase moved underground, into the drains beneath the coastal city of Los Mochis, in his native northwestern state of Sinaloa.
Authorities described how marines chased the drug lord and an aide – Orso Iván Gastélum Cruz described as Guzman’s chief assassin and better known by the nickname “El Cholo” – through the sewers but could not stop him resurfacing.