On February 22, 2014, notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman was captured after 13 years on the run.
During his reign, Guzman’s cartel smuggled billions of dollars of illegal drugs including marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine into the United States. Due to violent turf wars with other Mexican gangs, tens of thousands of people had also been killed, often by being tortured or beheaded. Many of the victims were later found in shallow graves or dumped in public squares for everyone to see.
His capture was his first public appearance since he escaped from prison back in 2001.
This is a story straight out of a Hollywood movie.
He lived on the run, evading authorities by devising ways to erase his tracks. However, it only took one of his associates to screw up for his entire empire to fall.
When authorities arrived at his home to bring him into custody, Guzman fled down a secret passage located underneath his bathtub. A steel ladder leads down to the tunnel and into the city’s drainage system. He escaped through this labyrinth of tunnels but was soon caught by U.S. DEA agents and Mexican Marines in Mazatlan.
Images: Reuters/Daniel Becerril
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