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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

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

    Bringing Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to American soil could take years, but once the process starts, it will probably be lightning quick and as scripted as it has been for other extradited drug lords, terrorists and fugitives. It took eight years to extradite radical London cleric...

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

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

    The Mexican government on Friday formally approved a U.S. request to transfer Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to California and Texas for prosecution, opening the way for the infamous cartel leader’s extradition to the United States. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had granted...

  • Mexico judge says 'El Chapo' extradition may proceed

    Mexico judge says 'El Chapo' extradition may proceed

    A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can move ahead, Mexico's Judicial Council said Monday. But the country's foreign ministry must still approve it and the defense can appeal. The council, which oversees Mexico's federal judges and tribunals, said...

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

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

    Mexico’s most notorious inmate and prison escape artist has a new home: a cell in Ciudad Juarez, the city across the Rio Grande from Texas that has long been a hub for cross-border drug trafficking and human smuggling.Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the convicted drug kingpin who has twice broken out...

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

    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. “I was very scared. I was very fearful for my family, I thought something might happen to us,” Montiel said, knowing his wife and three children --...

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