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Former DEA agent reveals details in the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Çhapo” Guzman

April 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former DEA agent reveals details in the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Çhapo” Guzman

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A former DEA agent recounted the dramatic moment he came face to face with infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman when he was apprehended in 2014.

“I ran up to him, jumped in his face and said the first thing that came to my head, and I screamed, ‘What’s up, Chapo?!’” Drew Hogan said on the “Today” show on Wednesday.

Hogan worked on a team of American and Mexican officials trailing the movements of the world’s most infamous drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán.

The former agent — whose identity had never been released until recently — said the DEA tracked down on Guzmán “by looking at the details.”

“The phone numbers don’t lie,” he stated. “We began intercepting Chapo’s inner circle, starting to dismantle layers within a sophisticated communication structure until we got to the top, where I had his secretary’s device, who was standing next to him.”

By tracking the secretary’s phone, Hogan managed to pinpoint Guzmán’s exact location.

The leader of the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel was captured by Hogan and his crew at a hotel in Mazatlan in 2014 after he spent 13 years on the run.

Hogan was sporting Guzmán’s black baseball cap he’d took from his closet when he first confronted the elusive kingpin.

“His eyes bulged out. It was very dark. Our eyes locked for a second,” Hogan explained of Guzmán’s reaction.

Hogan wrote the book “Hunting El Chapo,” which is out now, and recognized the dangers of going public with the remarkable story.

However, the former federal agent emphasized that the story is one that needs to be shared.

DEA officers are seen leading El Chapo through an airport  in New York after he was extradited to the US in January 2017

“It was time to embrace, time to step up and be proud of what I’d done, what my teammates had accomplished because this story goes beyond just one man,” he explained. “It’s about two countries coming together and accomplishing something that most thought was impossible.”

Joaquin “El Çhapo” Guzman, whose nickname means “Shorty,” first broke out of a Mexican maximum-security prison in 2011 — and managed to do so a second time in 2015 through a mile-long tunnel that was constructed under the shower in his cell.

“It was predictable,” Hogan added, noting that the tunnel was similar to ones seen in Guzmán’s safehouses. “It was coming if they didn’t have him on complete lockdown.”

Guzmán was busted — for the last time — in Mexico in 2016 and was extradited to the United States one year later to face a myriad of drug-trafficking charges.

He’s currently at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan pending trial.

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