El Chapo’s hideout wins Mexican lottery
- Mexico is giving the former refuge to El Chapo as a lottery prize. Associated Press reported.
- Authorities tried to auction Culiacan’s home last year, but no one was willing.
- Mexican Marines raided a house in 2014; El Chapo escaped through the tunnels but was caught in 2016.
A refuge that was once used Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is now distributed in the Mexican national lottery, Associated Press reported.
In February 2014, Guzman, then head of the Sinaloa cartel, was named hiding in a house in Culiacan, Mexico, but he fled through tunnels and canals while the authorities hunted him. A few days later he was caught in neighboring Mazatlan.
This house in Culiacan has since been renovated after Mexican Marines rammed its doors in an attempt to catch a drug lord. AP reported that the surveillance cameras that could see everything around the house were removed and the hole under the bathroom, which connected to the underground tunnels, was closed.
The Mexican Institute for the Return of Stolen Goods to the People, known as INDEP, did not mention that the house was El Chapo’s hideout. The house is listed only as “Casa en Culiacán” or “House of Culiacán”. on your website…
President Andres Manuel López Obrador, who announced the prizes in June also did not give many details about the history of the house.
Speaking about the peculiarities of the house, Obrador said that he has a black fence and is seven minutes from the park, but did not mention the infamous drug lord.
Last year, INDEP tried to put the house up for auction at a price of $ 130,000, but there were no volunteers, according to AP.
The two-bedroom home has been abandoned for years and is valued at $ 183,000.
Guzman ran away from the authorities more than once. He was incarcerated in the Puente Grande prison, a maximum security facility outside the city of Guadalajara, in 1995 for the 1993 Guadalajara airport shootout. V January 2001, he escaped in a laundry cart.after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that he could be extradited to the United States.
He remained at large for 13 years until he was caught again in 2014. escaped from a Mexican prison on July 11, 2015.… This time, he slipped through a hole in his cell, which was in the blind spot of the CCTV camera. The hole led to an underground tunnel, which cost him about $ 50 million to build and in bribes.
El Chapo was caught in January 2016 in the city of Los Mochis. In January 2017, he was extradited to the USA and by July 2019 he was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Lottery tickets cost around $ 12.50 and the winner will be determined on September 15, the day before Mexico’s Independence Day.