Would you live in one of the El Chapo homes? It is possible, here are the details

Six luxurious properties that were seized in Culiacan from families linked to the Sinaloa Cartel leader El Chapo, or rather the Pacific Cartel, will be auctioned this Sunday, November 10.

Would you live in one of the El Chapo residences? Photo: Agencies
Would you live in one of the El Chapo residences? Photo: Agencies

With the money raised, the Government of the Republic intends to support children musicians from the state of Oaxaca to buy instruments.

The buildings were confiscated during intelligence tasks carried out by elements of the Army and the Navy, in an iron hunt for the capture in 2000 of Joaquín Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who after fleeing, is currently imprisoned in ADX Florence, the safest prison in the United States.

It should be noted that some properties have special accesses to connect two residences and large gardens (already in disuse).

Quiet areas

Among the properties for sale will be the famous residence located at 130 Rio Humaya Street, in the Guadalupe sector, located in a quiet suburb inhabited by prominent families engaged in commerce and automotive companies.

It is a two-level building with high-security doors, which will have a starting price of two million pesos, excluding VAT.

In this property, undercover Navy personnel carried out in February 2014 a surprise operation for the capture of the now former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, "El Chapo".

That morning, Guzmán Loera was accompanied by his sentimental partner, then local congresswoman Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López. There, Joaquín Archivaldo and his "girlfriend" managed to escape through the exit of a bathroom that connected with a tunnel to the pluvial drainage that flowed into one of the main canals of the city.

Congresswoman Lucero Guadalupe and "El Chapo" walked under the earth for at least five kilometers from the city until they reached the canal where they were "rescued. The same congresswoman narrated in her testimony in a U.S. court, to have left the tunnel that day, frightened, naked and "stinking".

Along with them, one of their lieutenants identified as "El Cóndor" and the cleaning employee identified as "La Chaparra" also escaped through the tunnel.

"El Chapo" and the local congresswoman, "said goodbye" when they came out of the tunnel. The former decided to hide in a Mazatlán housing complex (since he needed to embrace his twin daughters), where he was surprised and captured in the early hours of February 22, 2014, during an operation led by the DEA, but executed by Marinos. That's where the famous "El Chapo" escape routes began.

Escape zone, for sale

Another of the properties for sale is another where "El Chapo" managed to escape. It is located on Constituyentes Emiliano García Street, number 1811, in El Palmito Industrial Colony.

The drug trafficker received a "whistle" from the then Federal Judicial Police and "disappeared", along with his henchmen, minutes before military forces surrounded the building.

Uniforms seized, in addition to the property, a huge tank-type truck full of packages of marijuana (bricks), which was ready "for its journey.

The house marked 642 Cerro de las Siete Gotas Street will also be auctioned, in the residential area Colinas de San Miguel, where Griselda López, one of Guzmán Loera's wives, lived, "officially" registered by federal authorities.

Griselda is the mother of the now famous Ovidio Guzmán López, the main protagonist of the misnamed "Black Thursday in Culiacán". When Ovid was not captured on October 17, in a residence located in the Tres Rios area, the inhabitants of Culiacán experienced one of the most violent episodes in their history. Once again, the winner was the narco. The residence has three levels and will be auctioned in the not insignificant sum of 11.2 million pesos.

El Chapo's lair

Another of the houses that will be offered is the one located at 1647 Puerto de Veracruz Street, in Colonia Vallado Nuevo. The building is located just behind the main building of the Police Investigation Police, formerly known as the State Ministerial Police. A designated police authority (never proven) to protect the Sinaloa Cartel. This property was used as one of the main lairs of "El Chapo", where it is said that it "rested" pleasantly during the nights.

Those who wish to opt for the luxurious residences where the famous Guzmán Loera lived are located at 1126 Francisco Javier Mina Street, Los Pinos neighborhood, and 1825 Enrique Colunga Constituent, in Libertad neighborhood. You will be able to bid at the first auction. Both plots were connected by the city's pluvial drainage network in an extension of three kilometers.

They are four-bedroom houses, all of which had doors protected with steel beams (an ingenious mechanism of water inside the metal buckets, at the height of the plate) and, backdoors, in addition to polarized glass. During their seizure, law enforcement found cocaine and marijuana in packages, hidden inside hundreds of bananas. Quite an ingenuity.

Warning: there is no deception

At the auction, which will take place this Sunday at the Los Pinos Cultural Complex in Mexico City, luxury cars, watches and real estate that were confiscated from the family linked to Los Guzmán will also be on sale.

When the news of the sales of the narco-houses of "El Chapo" is announced, immediately in social networks ADVIRTIERON (in capital letters) that if you make any of these "purchases of real estate", they could be subject to the consequences. Some assure that they will be acquired by the same "narco" (with names), to donate them to charitable institutions.

There are six properties seized from drug trafficking in the state capital that will be auctioned by the Federal Government. Among the properties is the residence in Colonia Guadalupe, where "El Chapo" carries out one of the most controversial underground escapes. While in two of the properties at auction are where cocaine and marijuana were found in packages, hidden inside hundreds of bananas.

Source: El Sol de Mexico

THE MAN WHO REACHED THE TOP OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND WHO WILL SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON

Joaquín Guzmán Loera was sentenced on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, by a judge in New York to life in a U.S. prison after he was convicted of ten charges related to drug trafficking, organized crime, possession of firearms and money laundering.

In the two-and-a-half years, he's been at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center, he's been denied any communication with his loved ones, and it's likely that this Wednesday's was one of his last times to see the outside world.

One of the most prominent drug lords in history, Joaquín Guzman "El Chapo", found in drug trafficking a business that led him to accumulate a great fortune and annihilate the poverty in which he grew up, and yet now drags him back to the shadows with a life sentence.

The severe - though expected - sentence comes five months after being convicted of drug trafficking by a jury after a lengthy trial that saw dozens of witnesses who gave all kinds of details about his extensive business network and his ruthless character, which led him to murder members of his own family.

The U.S. judicial system condemns him to spend the rest of his days behind bars, foreseeably in harsh conditions of isolation to ensure that Chapo does not escape from jail again, as he did in Mexico on a couple of occasions.

In the two-and-a-half years he's been at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center, he has been denied any kind of communication with his loved ones, and it's likely that this Wednesday's was one of his last times to see the outside world, during his transfer from prison to court, when he was escorted by a convoy of a dozen police vehicles.

After sentencing, the drug trafficker is expected to be taken to the ADX Florence maximum-security prison, known as the "Rocky Mountain Alcatraz" or Supermax, 90 miles south of Denver, Colorado, which opened its doors in 1994 to house inmates who pose a threat to national security.

There, he will spend 23 hours a day in a cell of soundproof concrete walls to avoid communication with other inmates, including French-Moroccan Zacarias Moussaoui for his conspiracy in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison after hearing during the trial testimonies of cruel murders of family members, collaborators, and rival drug traffickers and details of the transportation and distribution of hundreds of tons of narcotics.

Born on April 4, 1957, in the town of Badiraguato (Sinaloa, northern Mexico) and nicknamed El Chapo for his short stature, the all-powerful drug emperor grew up in a poor family on a ranch known as La Tuna.

He began in the drug world at age 15 when he began growing and selling marijuana and opium, "the only way to have money to buy food and survive," he said in his famous interview with actor Sean Penn.

But the criminal record for which he has been convicted would not begin until the 1980s, as a lieutenant and trusted man of Miguel Angel Felix-Gallardo, "El Padrino," founder of the first cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Then, with hardly any studies, Chapo designed a strategy to transport cocaine and marijuana from Colombia to the United States in planes, which made the return trip to Mexico loaded with dollars.

In the 1990s, with the 1989 arrest of Felix-Gallardo, Chapo decided to go it alone and create the Sinaloa cartel, which fought its rivals to take control of drug trafficking in Guadalajara and which since the early 1990s transported drugs between the United States and Mexico through tunnels.

Known and admired for his eccentric life of luxury, Guzmán amassed such popularity in his region that he became the protagonist of dozens of songs, which did not prevent him from being arrested for the first time in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, from where he remained in charge of the cartel.

The power and money hoarded by the Mexican drug emperor led Time magazine to place him in 2009 among the 100 most influential people on the planet and the publication Forbes to include him from 2012 on the list of the richest people in the world.

He later rose to international fame with the television series dedicated to him by Netflix, which narrates his rise and fall as a trafficker, as well as his scandalous prison escapes.

The first, that of Puente Grande prison on 19 January 2001, and the second and best known, of El Altiplano prison on 11 July 2015, from where he came out through a tunnel accessed from his own cell.

His last arrest, which led to his extradition to the United States in January 2017, has already led him to spend two and a half years in an isolation unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where the strict conditions of his confinement have paradoxically given him even more visibility.

The fame that the closest relatives of the Chapo have tried to use for the development of several businesses that carry his name in an attempt to recover part of the fortune, as has his current wife, Emma Coronel, with whom he has twins.

Money that will be needed, since the U.S. government has requested this month the seizure of $12,666 million dollars from the drug trafficker, who considers a refund of the money obtained with the sale of drugs.

Source: EFE