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Mexico giving away ‘El Chapo’ safehouse in a national lottery

Former drug tycoon Joaquín Guzman of the house fled in 2014 when Mexican Marines surrounded him as the Mexican government prepared to give it in the national lottery. Closed surveillance cameras have been removed to cover every angle of the understated home look. And the hole under the tub that Guzman slipped through to reach the network of tunnels was covered with concrete slabs. The Associated Press was granted access to a property in the quiet Culiacan district before the lottery. In recent weeks, the Institute for Returning Mexican Stolens to People, known by its acronym INDEP, has painted new white paint on the inside and outside of the bathroom where the bathtub and tunnel entrance were. , I made it tiled. President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador talked about the lottery of seized property, but did not mention the history of this particular home. The vast homes in one of Mexico City’s most fashionable districts and the private boxes of the famous Aztec Stadium are in the spotlight. The INDEP website only says “Casaen Culiacán”. It’s about 2,800 square feet and is probably properly located in a neighborhood called Libertad, or “Freedom.” The government rates a two-bedroom home for $ 183,000. The house had been abandoned for years and was damaged during a search by Marines and needed repairs. Guzman then fled through the tunnel, but his freedom lasted only a few days. On February 22, 2014, the Marines descended again, but this time at a condo on the coast of Mazatlan. By that time, Guzman had already been reputed for his bold escape. He allegedly escaped from one of Mexico’s largest security prisons in 2001 and was in a laundry cart. In July 2015, less than a year and a half after being captured in Mazatlan, Guzman slipped through a tunnel dug to the drain of his cell. After taking a shower, he fled from another top-security Mexican prison on a railroad track laid through a tunnel. Six months later, Marines recaptured him in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. I did. The United States was tried, convicted, and sentenced to imprisonment in July 2019. INDEP officials who did not reveal their identity because they did not have the authority to speak said they were surprised that the house was in the spotlight. It’s not a luxury. There is no swimming pool or flashiness that characterizes other Narco facilities in Sinaloa. People nearby said they didn’t know who their neighbors were. One neighbor said he immediately cut off the conversation. Many locals aren’t interested in talking about Guzman or even saying his name where the Sinaloa Cartel remains strong. The house was often for previous purposes. There is a neighbor on only one side. The other is an underground storm drain. Culiacan built hundreds of kilometers to cope with torrential rains. This is a bathroom tunnel connected to allow Guzman to escape. There is a school across the street. On the morning of February 17, 2014, the neighborhood was suddenly filled with gray trucks of Marines. They blocked the traffic. No doubt he was interested in a seemingly unobtrusive house, but Guzman wasn’t found there. In fact, during his US trial, witnesses testified that none of the five homes searched by the Marines had Guzman, despite reports of opposition at the time. Five days later, the Marines caught up with Guzman, 125 miles south of Mazatlan, where he was staying with his wife Emma Coronel and her twin daughters. IND EP tried to auction the house last year. It started bidding for about $ 130,000. Currently, Lopez Obrador is scheduled for a draw on Wednesday, the day before Mexico celebrates Independence Day, and is handing it out as part of the draw. This is the first time Mexico’s National Lottery has transferred property. The proceeds will be donated to Mexican Olympic athletes. “This raffle is very important. We call on everyone, or a few people, to help us buy our tickets,” Lopez Obrador said at a daily news conference last week. In downtown Mexico City, lottery sellers said sales were strong, and Jorge Lopez said he had been selling 100 to 120 of the $ 12 tickets daily since last week. “Now it’s selling very well,” he said, with the value of 22 awards far exceeding the value of the Culiacan home. Ignacio Mariscal said he was returning to Culiacan to support the lottery across the town near the center. “Their houses didn’t serve anyone. Those people had them,” Mariscal said. “I think it’s totally amazing. Mexico City __AP writer Christopher Sherman contributed to this report.

Former drug tycoon Joaquín Guzman of the house fled in 2014 when Mexican marines surrounded him as the Mexican government prepared to give it in the National Lottery.

The surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home exterior were removed. And the hole under the tub that Guzman slipped through to reach the network of tunnels was covered with concrete slabs.

The Associated Press was granted access to a property in the quiet Culiacan district before the lottery. For the past few weeks, the Institute, which returns Mexican stolen goods to people, is known by its initials as INDEP, with new white paint and tiles on the inside and outside of the bathroom where the bathtub and tunnel entrance were. I made it upholstered.

President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador talked about the lottery of seized property, but did not mention the history of this particular home. The vast homes in one of Mexico City’s most fashionable districts and the private boxes of the famous Aztec Stadium are in the spotlight.

The INDEP website only says “Casa en Culiacán”. It’s about 2,800 square feet and is probably properly located in a neighborhood called Libertad, or “Freedom.” The government rates a two-bedroom home for $ 183,000.

The house had been abandoned for years and caused some damage when Marines searched for it and needed repairs.

Guzman then fled through the tunnel, but his freedom lasted only a few days. On February 22, 2014, the Marines descended again. This time it was a condominium on the coast of Mazatlan.

By that time, Guzman had already been reputed for his bold escape. He was allegedly in a laundry cart from one of Mexico’s safest prisons in 2001.

In July 2015, less than a year and a half after being taken prisoner in Mazatlan, Guzman slipped through a tunnel dug to the drainage ditch of the shower in his cell, riding a bike on the railroad tracks laid in the tunnel, and another. Escaped from the highest security Mexican prison.

The Marines recaptured him six months later in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. There he was trapped in another unobtrusive house.

Guzmán was handed over to the United States in July 2019, tried, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

INDEP officials who did not reveal their identities because they did not have the authority to speak said they were surprised that the house was in the spotlight. It’s not a luxury. There are no flaunts, swimming pools that characterize the characteristics of other Narco in Sinaloa.

A nearby person said he didn’t know who his neighbor was.

“We didn’t know anything. We didn’t see anyone who lived there,” said one neighbor who immediately interrupted the conversation. Many locals aren’t even interested in talking about Guzman or even saying his name where the Sinaloa Cartel remains strong.

The house was often for previous purposes. There is a neighbor on only one side. The other is an underground storm drain. Culiacan built hundreds of kilometers to cope with torrential rains. This is a bathroom tunnel connected to allow Guzman to escape. There is a school across the street.

On the morning of February 17, 2014, the neighborhood was suddenly filled with gray trucks of Marines. They blocked the traffic. There was no doubt that they were interested in a seemingly unobtrusive home.

But they didn’t find Guzman there. In fact, during his US trial, witnesses testified that Guzman was not in any of the five homes searched by the Marines, despite reports of opposition at the time.

Five days later, Marines caught up with Guzman, 125 miles south of Mazatlan. There he was staying with his wife Emma Coronel and her twin daughters.

INDEP tried to auction from home last year. It started bidding for about $ 130,000. There was no taker.

Lopez Obrador is now distributing it as part of the lottery. The draw is scheduled for Wednesday, the day before Mexico celebrates Independence Day. This is the first time Mexico’s National Lottery has transferred property. Revenues will be sent to Mexican Olympic athletes.

“This raffle is very important and we call on everyone, or a few, to help us buy tickets,” Lopez Obrador said at his daily press conference last week.

In downtown Mexico City, lottery sellers said sales were strong.

Jorge Lopez said he has been selling 100 to 120 of the $ 12 tickets daily since last week. “Now it’s selling very well,” he said, with the value of 22 awards far exceeding the value of the Culiacan home. Some people ask who the previous owner of the property was, but not many, he said.

Returning to Culiacan, across the town near the center, Ignacio Mariscal said he would support the lottery. “Their houses didn’t serve anyone. Those people had them,” Mariscal said. “I think it’s totally wonderful. Helping those in need.”

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Mexico City AP writer Christopher Sherman contributed to this report.

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