The saga of 'El Chapo,' one of the world's biggest drug kingpins

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's biggest drug kingpins, gained folklore status during his decade-plus on the lam, evading authorities thanks to his skill at building secret tunnels from his assorted mountain hide-outs, urban safe houses and seaside apartments — as well as his ability to bribe, cajole and kill.

He was captured in February of 2014, a major victory for Mexican government and law enforcement. Sometime on July 11, Guzman broke out of a maximum-security prison for the second time, making his way through another tunnel, a mile-long passageway to an empty house under construction 50 miles west of the capital.


Then on Jan. 8, 2016, he was recaptured.

Bringing El Chapo to the U.S.: Secrecy, high security and swiftness

With his reputation for escape and his money and cartel connections, moving Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to America is a thorny security challenge. How the extradition of Mexico's powerful drug will look.

Mexico OKs extradition of drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman to U.S.

The legal team of drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman will fight his extradition to the U.S.

Mexico judge says 'El Chapo' extradition may proceed

A Mexican judge says the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can move ahead, but the country's foreign ministry must still approve it and the

Mexico transfers drug lord 'El Chapo' to a prison in Ciudad Juarez

Convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice pulled off brazen jailbreaks, was transferred to a prison in northern Mexico near the Texas border

Boxer Fernando Montiel recounts his brush with El Chapo's capture

Fernando Montiel was sound asleep in his home in Mexico, when the manhunt for Joaquin Guzman Loera - "El Chapo" - exploded in gunfire on his block.

Drug lord 'El Chapo' sneaked into California twice after escape from prison, his daughter says

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ¿El Chapo¿ Guzman managed twice to evade border security and sneak into California to visit relatives after his escape from prison, according to his daughter.

Twice-escaped 'El Chapo' Guzman says he'll do time in U.S.-- as long as it's in medium security

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to accept extradition and plead guilty to charges in a United States court if he can negotiate an

Murder, torture, drugs: Cartel kingpin's wife says that's not the 'El Chapo' she knows

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's wife describes a life in the heart of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

As seen on 'El Chapo': There's a mad rush for this L.A. clothing company's shirts

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fashion sense has catapulted a Los Angeles men's clothing company to new heights after the Mexican drug lord was photographed

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Don't blow the 'El Chapo' extradition with politics

A massive drug empire spanning North and South America that delivered untold tons of heroin and cocaine from Colombia to the U.S. over two decades via

Did Sean Penn do anything wrong in meeting with fugitive Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman?

Actor Sean Penn's clandestine visit with a notorious drug kingpin in the Mexican jungle last fall for a Rolling Stone magazine interview has raised some

'El Chapo' could have fled to another continent, but he chose to go home

He had billions of dollars, a fleet of aircraft at his disposal and an endless supply of resources. Yet, of all the places in the world where he could have

White House questions Sean Penn role in drug kingpin case

A senior White House official described as "maddening" Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's boasts about sending illegal narcotics to America, but he declined to say

Actress involved in Sean Penn-'El Chapo' meeting is known for social activism

Mexican film and TV actress Kate Del Castillo is a household name in her home country, known for playing tough female roles and speaking out on social issues.

'El Chapo' met with actor Sean Penn months before recapture, Rolling Stone magazine says

Drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, the billionaire fugitive captured in a shootout Friday in Mexico, met with actor Sean Penn for a secret interview for Rolling Stone

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For Sean Penn, El Chapo meeting is the latest turn in a complex career

Sean Penn provides a career version of the third-act twist with his interview of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

'It was like an action movie,' neighbors say of El Chapo's capture in Mexico

His house was nothing special, a single-story, tree-shrouded home in a middle-class neighborhood in this seaside city. And there the world's most sought-after

Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman captured in deadly shootout after six months on the lam

In a deadly, predawn shootout, Mexican naval special forces on Friday captured Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the world's most sought-after drug lord and commander

Top U.S. agent predicts swift arrest of 'El Chapo'

A top federal law enforcement agent who has spent much of his career chasing Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman predicted Thursday that the prison

Inside 'El Chapo' Guzman's cell: a fortress, but not secure enough

Electronic metal-bar doors clank more than 20 times behind visitors making their way down long halls and tunnels to the last cell on the "special treatment"

U.S. offers aid to find fugitive 'El Chapo,' but Mexico balks, officials say

Federal law enforcement agencies are offering drone technology and U.S. agents to assist in the hunt for escaped drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman,

'El Chapo' escape: 'Sometimes I think they are searching to not find him'

In the massive manhunt for escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexican soldiers have been searching buses leaving Mexico City, a sprawling capital

Prison break shines spotlight on Mexico's shadowy corruption woes

To build a tunnel about a mile long and 30 feet below Mexico's highest-security prison, the rescuers of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán would have needed to

Sinaloa cartel thrived, whether boss was in prison or on the lam

Even as authorities fanned out across Mexico on Monday in search of Joaquin Guzman, the drug kingpin known as "El Chapo" whose weekend escape was straight out

Where is 'El Chapo' Guzman? His history holds clues

Where in the world is Chapo Guzman?

For some, El Chapo remains a folk hero after escape

The legend of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman grew in stature this weekend with the stunning news that the Sinaloa cartel boss somehow tunneled out of a

Mexico's media are critical and cynical over 'El Chapo' Guzman's escape

The second prison escape by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel and Mexico's most powerful drug lord, has created a wave of criticism toward

It probably cost millions to build tunnel believed to be tailor-made for 'El Chapo'

The elaborate tunnel believed to have played a central part in the daring escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a Mexican prison probably

The 'El Chapo' escape: When real life mimics fiction

It's a crazy story: A drug lord escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico via a tunnel, outfitted with a rail-mounted motorbike, that led from his shower

Who is 'El Chapo' and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?

Chicago compared him to Al Capone. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the richest men in the world. And in Mexico, he was a renegade outlaw whose exploits

Mexico drug lord Guzman's escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

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'¿Es el Chapo?' delivers conspiracy theories but little else

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman led the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel and supposedly was linked to thousands of deaths before his arrest in February. The new

With 'El Chapo' gone, Mexicans brace for drug cartel turf war

Some worry about the economic fallout of the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman whose drug operation pumped billions into Sinaloa

'El Chapo' Guzman: Life of the cartel king of Sinaloa

After 'El Chapo' arrest, focus turns to next Sinaloa drug boss

Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada is believed to have inherited control of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel.

Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrested

Mexican drug cartel leader 'El Chapo' Guzman, the fugitive head of the Sinaloa trafficking group, is caught.

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The mythology of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

He appears in a restaurant, picks up everyone's tab, then vanishes with his many guards. He stars in his wedding, government officials among the guests. He is