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Official: ‘El Chapo’ had two tunnels built…extradition “just weeks away”

December 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Official: ‘El Chapo’ had two tunnels built…extradition “just weeks away”

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The 1.5-mile elaborate tunnel used by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to pull off his infamous escape from a maximum security prison in July 2015, was actually the second tunnel built for the same purpose.

A respected Mexican journalist made the disclosure after obtaining information from a senior government official who questioned the leader of the Sinaloa cartel following his second capture earlier this year.

Guzman currently sits in a maximum security prison under heavy guard in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez awaiting his impending extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for indictments on drug trafficking, murder, money laundering and weapons offenses in several jurisdictions.

“El Chapo” was captured in January 2016 in the seaside city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, after spending six months on the run following his famous jailbreak from the Altiplano maximum security prison located west of Mexico City.

Official government sources provided Guzman’s statements to Jesus Esquivel of Proceso Magazine, which revealed how the drug dealer did not hesitate to give details of his escape.

“It was actually very easy since I got to the prison, my lawyers were responsible for preparing everything,” Guzman told authorities. “It was not complicated. The first time they had the wrong cell, but then it was corrected, and I went.”

Furthermore, the official said the relative ease with which Guzman was allowed to escape unveiled a vast network of corruption under his control much larger and extensive as first thought.

The source added that “El Chapo’s” statements to Mexican authorities was a calculated strategy.

“During questioning, the drug dealer cooperated with everything he could because he wanted to prevent (government officials) putting him on the road to extradition to the United States,” the official said.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General’s Office (PGR) have already finalized the legal process of the extradition of El Chapo.

A senior official said the legal options remaining for the drug trafficker’s lawyers to prevent his extradition had been exhausted. It means Guzman could be sent to the United States this December.

Officials within the Mexican Foreign Ministry told Proceso that the extradition would “take place in a few weeks.”

Handing Guzman over to U.S. authorities is also a political Trump card for the President of Mexico.

Several diplomatic sources consulted on the issue by Proceso ensured that the transfer of the drug trafficker to the United States is an important card in the deck for Peña Nieto to “look good with the next U.S. president.”

“Donald Trump takes office on January 20, 2017; Pena Nieto would want to offer a gesture of cordiality for the two leaders to begin a new era in relations, with President-elect Trump threatening to build a wall along the border and overrule the North American Free Trade Agreement,” the source said.

“The gesture would be the delivery of “Chapo” Guzman within a few weeks after the inauguration date,” the diplomatic official proclaimed, before adding that “El Chapo” would be Peña Nieto’s present to President Trump.

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