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Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman?

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Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman?
  • Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is one of the biggest drug lords and is infamous for his mastery at making "secret tunnels from his assorted mountain hide-outs and urban safe houses."
  • Guzman heads the Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful drug-trafficking organization in the world.
  • The Sinaloa cartel is known for being marijuana, cocaine and heroin's largest broker, transporting it into Europe, Australia and United States.

El Chapo makes it to the Forbes list

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In 2012, Forbes estimated El Chapo Guzman’s (nicknamed 'shorty' because of his height) net worth at $1 billion. But he was later dropped from the list because his money was 'sketchy'.

Guzman captured again after 14 years

22 Feb 2014
Guzman captured again after 14 years
  • Guzman was first captured in 1993 in Guatemala.
  • He was later extradited and sentenced for 20 years on drug-trafficking-related charges.
  • He escaped in 2001 in a laundry cart; there are many versions of the escape. He was allegedly helped by prison guards, who were later convicted.
  • He was captured on 22 February 2014 in a resort in the city of Mazatlan, in the Pacific.

Mexican druglord escapes from prison

12 Jul 2015
Mexican druglord escapes from prison
  • Mexico's Sinloa cartel chief, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped a maximum-security Altiplano federal prison after he stepped into a shower and then escaped through a tunnel.
  • The tunnel he escaped from was a mile long, stretching from the prison to a half-built house.
  • The prison guard found a 2 ft-wide hole in the bathroom floor and a ladder which led 32 ft down.

Massive manhunt in Mexico over Guzman's escape

12 Jul 2015
Massive manhunt in Mexico over Guzman's escape
  • Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt to search for Guzman.
  • All roads were being patrolled by federal police and flights were cancelled at the Toluca airport.
  • 18 employees from different facilities of the Altiplano prison have been taken in for questioning.
  • Guatemala's Interior Ministry appointed a special task force of soldiers and police to watch the borders.

America reacts to drug kingpin's escape in Mexico

13 Jul 2015
America reacts to drug kingpin's escape in Mexico
  • The United States of America has reacted with outrage and disbelief at the escape of the infamous drug lord from a high security prison.
  • This escape has reiterated America's ongoing demand for the captured kingpin's extradition to the U.S. as promptly as possible.
  • However, most American officials said that the escape had not come as a surprise given the reputation of Mexican prisons.

El Chapo's money-launderer arrested

28 Mar 2016
El Chapo's money-launderer arrested
  • Mexican authorities stated that they arrested the top money launderer of the Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo".
  • Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, also known as "King Midas", was arrested while on a holiday in Oaxaca in southern Mexico.
  • Mr Inzunza is suspected of laundering $300-400 million a year for the Sinaloa cartel through a network of companies and currency exchange centres.

El Chapo sent to jail near US-Mexico border

8 May 2016
El Chapo sent to jail near US-Mexico border
  • Mexico has transferred the convicted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, to a prison close to the border with the US.
  • According to officials, he was taken to a prison near Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso in Texas, as part of a normal rotation of prisoners for security reasons.
  • Officials added that Guzman's transfer to Ciudad Juarez was not a precursor to extradition.

Mexico Judge clears El Chapo's extradition to US

10 May 2016
Mexico Judge clears El Chapo's extradition to US
  • A federal judge in Mexico has ruled that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can be extradited to the US.
  • According to Mexican law, the Mexican foreign ministry now has 30 days to decide whether or not to approve the extradition.
  • Sources said Guzman's lawyers have already appealed against the judge's ruling.
  • Mexican authorities refused to comment on the matter.

Soldier guarding El-Chapo found dead

16 Jun 2016
Soldier guarding El-Chapo found dead
  • A soldier posted outside the prison, where notorious drug lord El Chapo is being held was found dead.
  • The soldier, Jorge Mauricio Melendez Herrera, who was in the prison's first ring of security, was found dead with multiple stab wounds and injuries to the neck.
  • El Chapo is notorious for having broken out of maximum security prisons twice in the past.

Judge halts El Chapo extradition process

29 Jun 2016
Judge halts El Chapo extradition process
  • A judge in Mexico has halted the extradition of Mexican drug lord El Chapo to the United States, after his lawyers filed appeals.
  • The ruling means that it could be several months or years before he could be extradited to the US.
  • Guzman, who is notorious for sensational prison breaks is currently being held in a maximum security prison along the US-Mexico border.