Mexico’s top drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, transferred to prison near U.S. border

Mexico’s top drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, transferred to prison near U.S. border

Mexico’s top drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, transferred to prison near U.S. border

Written by Staff Writer

08 May, 2016 | 6:07 am

Mexican authorities have transferred jailed Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to a prison in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

El Chapo, Mexico’s number one drug lord, was re-captured in January 2016 after escaping the Altiplano jail in the State of Mexico, outside the capital city. It was his second successful prison escape, after breaking out of prison in 2001.

Guzman was first captured in 1993 but escaped in 2001 from the Puente Grande prison near the city of Guadalajara in 2001. According to reports at the time, he bribed guards to help him leave, hidden in a laundry cart.

He was recaptured in February of 2014 in his home state of Sinaloa and escaped again in 2015 from the Federal Social Re-adaptation Centre Number One: Altiplano Prison, also known as Almoloya. According to authorities, he escaped by building a 1500-metre-long drug tunnel under his shower area.

Guzman’s attorneys complained about his prison conditions at Almoloya after his January capture, There is no news on whether or not this move is in response to their complaints.

The United States had a $5 million bounty on Guzman’s head. His cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States, and fought vicious turf wars with other gangs across Mexico.

Guzman has been charged with an array of crimes in Mexico, but murder is not among them, government and justice officials said. That is despite accusations by security officials that his cartel was behind thousands of killings.

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