Notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has finally been recaptured and returned to the same maximum security jail he broke out from six months ago after authorities were tipped off to his whereabouts when he tried to make a film of his own life, according to Mexico’s attorney general.
The cartel leader’s narcissism appears to have been his downfall after he began the process of making a biopic, similar to that of Netflix’s popular Narcos show on the life of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, following his escape from the Altiplano jail last July.
El Chapo, which means ‘the short one’ in Spanish, had even started to contact producers and actresses through intermediaries to tell his ‘rags to riches’ story, which was what finally helped police track him down. The names of the stars he approached have not yet been confirmed.
He was arrested on Friday after a 4am raid on a house in the town of Los Mochis, located in the kingpin’s home state of Sinaloa, which saw him once again escape from the clutches of police.
The cartel leader and an accomplice fled from agents through a filthy sewer, before emerging into the street where they stole cars and took off. But authorities were able to catch up with them and the cartel leader was brought back to a nearby hotel while police waited for back up, Gómez said.
In a picture of his arrest at the hotel, El Chapo is stood still wearing the dirty tank top, which showed off several fresh scratches on his arms after his sewer escape.
Despite tunneling out in July, Mexican marines returned him to the Altiplano jail – considered to be the most secure prison in the entire country – earlier today. Until El Chapo, no-one had ever successfully escaped from the facility.
Washington, which requested his extradition last June before his escape from jail, is almost certain to seek extradition since his recapture. The drugs lord faces at least seven indictments in the United States.
U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr told CNN: ‘I can confirm that it is the practice of the United States to seek extradition whenever defendants subject to U.S. charges are apprehended in another country.’
Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope told CBS Mexico would have little choice in the matter.
‘They have to extradite him,’ he said. ‘It’s almost a forced moved.’
Five cartel gangsters were killed and another six were arrested in the raid, while one Mexican marine sustained non-life-threatening injuries. A vast arsenal of weapons was seized, including rocket launchers, machine guns and armored vehicles.
The raid also ended in the capture of El Chapo’s right-hand man ‘El Cholo’, a hitman who was also on the run from the law.
El Chapo was later marched from a military vehicle by three soldiers – showing their faces in full sight – to the Mexican attorney general’s hangar at an airbase in New Mexico.
After being briefly paraded in front of journalists, El Chapo was bundled into a helicopter by Mexican marines – who had their faces covered – and set off towards the prison near Toluca.
Attorney general Arely Gómez told the Guardian that the vain drugs lord was caught after he tried to make a biopic of his life, similar to that of Netflix’s popular Narcos show, based on the life of slain Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar.
‘He established communication with actors and producers, which formed a new line of investigation,’ Gómez said. She refused to confirm which stars had been approached for the film.
El Chapo may have fancied himself as Mexico’s answer to the infamous, Colombian drugs lord who became one of the most powerful and violent criminals of all time.
Escobar’s Medellin Cartel came to control more than 80 per cent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S. by the 1980s until he was finally killed in 1993.
The first of a series of four films based on El Chapo’s life, called The Great Escape, was due to be released on January 15. But the millionaire may have been wanting to tell his life story in his own words before he was recaptured.
Mexican police say the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals aided in El Chapo’s recapture. El Chapo was seen being bundled on to a plane by security officials on Friday afternoon.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on his Twitter account on Friday: ‘Mission accomplished: We have him.’
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