El Chapo’s Safehouse Is Now a Mexican Lottery Prize

  • Mexico is gifting El Chapo’s former protected home as a lottery prize, the Associated Press reported.
  • Authorities tried to public sale off the Culiacan house final yr however there have been no takers. 
  • Mexican marines raided the house in 2014; El Chapo escaped by tunnels, however was caught in 2016.

A protected home as soon as utilized by Mexican drug lord  Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is now being given away in Mexico’s nationwide lottery, the Associated Press reported. 

In February 2014, Guzman, then the top of the Sinaloa cartel was stated to be hiding in a house in Culiacan, Mexico, however fled by again tunnels and canals as authorities hunted for him. He was caught a few days later in close by Mazatlan. 

That Culiacan home has since been renovated after Mexican marines rammed by its doorways of their effort to catch the drug lord. The AP reported surveillance cameras that might see all the pieces across the perimeter of the house had been eliminated, and the outlet beneath a bathtub that related to underground tunnels was lined up. 

Mexico’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People, generally known as INDEP, didn’t make any point out that the house was El Chapo’s protected home. The home is just listed as “Casa en Culiacán,” or Culiacan home on its website

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who revealed the prizes in June additionally didn’t give a lot of particulars on the home’s historical past. 

Speaking in regards to the house’s options, Obrador stated it had a black fence and was seven minutes from a park however made no point out of the notorious drug lord. 

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped his captors by walking along this drainage canal and tunnel behind a house in Culiacan, Mexico, in February 2014.

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped his captors by strolling alongside this drainage canal and tunnel behind a home in Culiacan, Mexico, in February 2014.

Tim Johnson/Tribune News Service through Getty Images

Last yr, the INDEP tried to public sale the home with bidding beginning at round $130,000 however there have been no takers, the AP reported. 

The two-bedroom house had been deserted for years and is estimated to be price $183,000. 

Guzman had a historical past of escaping authorities. He was imprisoned in Puente Grande, a maximum-security facility exterior of town of Guadalajara in 1995 for a 1993 shootout on the Guadalajara airport. In January 2001, he escaped in a laundry cart, after the Mexican Supreme Court dominated he might be extradited to the US. 

He remained at giant for 13 years, till he was caught once more in 2014. He then once more escaped from a Mexican prison on July 11, 2015. This time, he slipped by a gap in his cell that was in a blind spot from the safety digital camera. The gap led to an underground tunnel that value him an estimated $50 million in building and bribes. 

El Chapo was caught in January 2016 within the metropolis of  Los Mochis. In January 2017, he was extradited to the US and by July 2019 he was tried and sentenced to life in prison. 

Lottery tickets value about $12.50 and the winner shall be drawn on September 15, the day earlier than Mexico’s Independence Day.