El Chapo Guzman is currently Mexico’s most wanted drug cartel leader, and has been on the run from both the United States and Mexican authorities since escaping from prison in July via a tunnel. As a man who has a solid history of being a fugitive for more than a decade, it is inherent that the authorities will struggle to recapture him. His first arrest was in 1993 in Guatemala after which he was extradited to Mexico.
However, El Chapo managed to escape from the maximum prison he was incarcerated in using a laundry cart, as reported by CNN.
It took approximately 13 years for authorities to recapture El Chapo. Following this recent arrest, which was in February, 2014, Phil Jordan, an ex-DEA officer who once headed the El Paso Intelligence Center, highlighted that it was among the most significant in the country’s history, primarily because El Chapo Guzman was the most powerful drug lord in Mexico. The following was his statement, according to CNN.
“When you arrest the most powerful man in the Americas and in Mexico, if you talk to any cartel member, they’ll say that he’s more powerful than Mexican President Peña Nieto… If he [El Chapo Guzman] is, in fact, incarcerated, until he gets extradited to the United States, it will be business as usual.”
Fast forward to current events, there seems to be a trail of evidence pointing to the whereabouts of the Sinaloa drug cartel leader. Starting with one of El Chapo’s most recent alleged sightings, he is said to have been spotted in Macuspana, Tabasco, following a car accident. This is according to Latin Times. The site reports that a man resembling El Chapo was taken in for treatment at a local hospital following a car and van collision.
However, it is alleged that he requested to be released just minutes before the authorities stormed into the hospital. What ensued was a massive manhunt for the fugitive in the area by the army. The hospital’s director is said to have denied allegations about the El Chapo Guzman sighting and did not diverge any information regarding the said patient to the authorities.
The second location where authorities have now turned their attention to is Costa Rica. This is thanks to a geo-tagging Twitter feature that was enabled when one of his sons, Alfredo, posted a supposed picture on the site of him and two other men whose faces have been conveniently blurred. One of the men seems to have a strong resemblance to El Chapo. The photo was captioned, “August here, you already know with whom,” according to the Daily Mail.
Below is the picture.
[El Chapo Guzman Image Source from Wikipedia]