Here is the house where the drug lord El Chapo had escaped from the police: it is to be won in the Mexican lottery
Steph Deschamps / September 15, 2021
The Mexican government will put in the lottery a house from which the drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who has since been sentenced to life in the United States, had fled in 2014. The home, located in Culiacan, the capital of the northeastern state of Sinaloa, is valued at 3.6 million pesos ($184,000), according to the National Lottery's webpage.
It is part of a package of prizes put into play on September 15 by the government for a total of $12.5 million.
On February 16, 2014, El Chapo had fled through an underground tunnel in the building. He had then exited through this manhole located in his driveway.
He was arrested six years later in the state of Sinaloa and sent to a high security prison from which he escaped.
In 2016, he had been arrested again and extradited the following year to the United States, where he was sentenced in July 2019 in New York to life in prison.
He is serving his sentence in a high security prison in Colorado. He was for years considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.
The government of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had already tried to auction off his house and other property seized from organized crime, but without success. Lopez Obrador said at the time that the money collected would be used for education and health. The government will also bid on a house in the upscale Pedregal neighborhood in southern Mexico City that belonged to Amado Carrillo, the late head of the Juarez cartel.