A hefty sum has been offered for information leading to the arrest of “El Chapo,” but even that isn’t enough to entice one professional.
Reality TV star Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, told Fox News that he would not be interested in apprehending El Chapo — for more than run reason.
First, and perhaps most importantly, Dog said that El Chapo is simply “out of (his) league.”
“He probably would be out of my league. In order to take him down, number one, you better have a fully automatic weapon. With my weapon, you have to get really close to him — and you couldn’t get that close to him because he probably has five or six guys with him at all times.”
In addition, Dog prefers to spend his time bounty hunting in the United States, as he was once arrested for practicing his craft in Puerto Vallarta, since bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.
“I have learned to stay in my own country. You can’t even talk about arresting a [guy in] Mexico.”
Since El Chapo escaped from a Mexican prison on July 11, thousands of Mexican police officers have been searching for the drug lord.
This is the second time that El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, has escaped from a Mexican prison. This time, El Chapo walked out through a mile-long tunnel that opened into his shower stall, Mexican authorities report.
The last time El Chapo escaped, which was in 2001, authorities believed he did so by riding out in a laundry cart. The prison official pushing that cart later went on to become a high-ranking member of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, according to the New York Times.
After his 2001 escape, El Chapo ran the drug cartel until he was again arrested last year. According to NewsMax, “(El Chapo’s) cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States.”
If Mexican authorities find El Chapo, Dog doesn’t believe the drug lord will go back to jail peacefully. In fact, the 62-year-old star of Beth and Dog on the Hunt believes the search will end in a gun battle.
“He is going to shoot it out next time,” Dog the Bounty Hunter said of El Chapo.
Currently, authorities are offering more than $3.8 million for information that leads to the arrest of El Chapo.
For more information on the escape of El Chapo, check out the video below.
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