Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to return to prison he escaped from

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Mexican officials said Friday night that drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman  would return to the same Altiplano prison near Mexico City from where he had escaped. This time, however, the Mexican military stationed a pair of tanks outside the prison prior to his arrival.

Guzman escaped in July from the maximum security prison through an elaborate tunnel. He was captured Friday after marines raided a home in the city of Los Mochis.

Attorney General Arely Gómez González said Friday night that Guzman wanted to make a biopic and reached out to actors and producers. This tipped off investigators to his location.

As head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, which smuggles large quantities of drugs into the United States, Guzman was called Public Enemy No. 1 by the Chicago Crime Commission.

After his daring escape — his second in 14 years — Guzman also went about building more tunnels. Authorities tailed an expert in building to tunnels to his location in Los Mochis, Gómez said.

Guzman’s first escape came in 2001, with the assistance of prison guards. He spent years on the run, becoming the head of the Sinoloa cartel before his recapture in 2014.

 

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