El Chapo Guzman is no amateur when it comes to hiding from the police and escaping from prison. With decades of experience in the drug trafficking trade, El Chapo has years of practice inventing the most complex of ways to smuggle large quantities of illegal drugs into the United States, keeping his organization in check, while at the same time managing to stay away from jail.
However, the United States’ technological developments and expertise in finding escaped convicts and collaboration with the Mexican authorities may be hard for him to beat. Having escaped from a maximum prison in Mexico earlier on in the year, El Chapo’s escape dealt a big blow to the United States’ trust in Mexico to keep the infamous drug lord behind bars. Currently, the Mexican authorities, and specifically the current president of Mexico – Enrique Peña Nieto, is resolute in finding him, so as to cement his legacy by incarcerating all the top heads of the country’s biggest cartels.
Since becoming president, Pena Nieto’s government has incarcerated or taken out notable figures such as Alejandro “Omar” Treviño Morales, who was the head of the ultra-violent Los Zetas cartel. His arrest in March this year was clinical, with no shots being fired. He was captured at around 4 a.m. in a house situated in San Pedro Garza García, one of the wealthiest areas in Latin America.
Servando Gómez Martínez, the leader of the cultic Knights Templar, was also arrested within the same period in Michoacan. He was seized after his girlfriend was spotted buying him cake, ultimately leading authorities to his location. His Knights Templar cartel was disbanded after the arrest after locals turned against it through vigilante groups. This is as reported by the Telegraph.
Currently, the only notable figures in the Mexican drug trade at large include Ismael Zambada García aka El Mayo, who together with Joaquine “El Chapo” Guzman run the Sinaloa Cartel, and Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as El Mencho, who heads the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel, which translates to the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
With El Chapo being the main focus right now, a sizeable amount of government security resources have been dedicated to locating him. That said, the recent arrest of a pilot suspected to have aided El Chapo in his escape from prison has spawned new leads in relation to his whereabouts.
According to Fox News, El Chapo was driven from the warehouse at the end of the tunnel to Queretaro and from there on flown to the Sinaloan mountains using a small plane. Last Friday, the search for the drug lord intensified in the Sinaloa and Durango mountains region. On Saturday, hundreds of families were reported to be fleeing the region over fears caused by ongoing military activity in the area. According to Samuel Lizarraga, the mayor of Cosala municipality about 250 families arrived from the affected regions. A resident who spoke to the Associated Press said that marines were shooting indiscriminately and using grenades even in areas where only women and children resided.
The current progress in the hunt for the world’s most infamous drug lord seems to echo the words of Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, a former enforcer for Pablo Escobar, who spoke to the Mexican Proceso magazine and said that El Chapo will be caught in 16 to 18 months tops. He also talked about El Chapo Guzman’s fear saying the following, according to Business Insider.
“He knows he has to be killed, because if they capture him [El Chapo] alive, they will extradite him to the US. And he will not tolerate a high-security prison in the US. There the food they give [is eaten with] a straw, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nobody talks to you; there is no human contact. If somebody sends you a letter, they show it to you on a television screen.”
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