Inside The Secret Hideout Of Captured Drug Lord El Chapo

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This fascinating series of photographs show where the infamous El Chapo spent the last six months hiding from the Mexican government.

The drug kingpin was recaptured by authorities last week after he went into hiding following his prison break. There was a reported $5 million reward on his head – offered by the Mexican government for any information leading to his capture.

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But where exactly did Joaquín Guzmán keep his head down for those six months?

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According to UK Business Insider, he was keeping a low-profile on the corner of Río Quelite and Jiquilpan Boulevard in Los Mochis, Mexico.

Now, these photos have allowed us to step inside the high-walled, secret hideout of the world’s most infamous drug baron – even showing the tunnel he used in his attempts to escape the Mexican Marines.

In this picture, the contents of a bullet-ridden fridge have poured out onto the floor of Guzmán’s safe house:

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Bullet holes are seen across the living room walls:

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And here’s a close-up of some of the bullet holes:

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The DVDs are of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo’s telenovela La Reina del Sur. It was Del Castillo who secretly brokered the infamous interview between Sean Penn and Guzmán:

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When Mexican marines zeroed in on Guzmán, he used a secret doorway behind this mirror to escape:

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Once inside the hidden doorway, stairs descend into a sophisticated tunnel…

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…that leads into the city’s drainage system.

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A weapon was found at the end of the tunnel:

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And here’s the tunnel’s exit onto the street outside:

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He was hardly living the life of luxury was he? We’d better start counting down to his next escape, I suppose.


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