Drug lord's home put up for sale by Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People
The house former drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán fled in 2014 when Mexican marines had him surrounded is up for sale in a national lottery, the Associated Press reported.
Surveillance cameras were removed, and the hole under a bathtub that Guzmán slipped through to reach a network of tunnels was covered with a concrete slab. The house in a quiet Culiacan neighborhood gave was given a fresh coat of white paint inside and out, and the tunnel entrance was tiled over ahead of the lottery being held by Mexico’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People.
The house is about 2,800 square feet and located, perhaps appropriately, in a neighborhood called Libertad, or “Freedom.” The government values the two-bedroom home at $183,000. The house had been abandoned for years and the marines did some damage when they searched it, so repairs were necessary.
Guzmán escaped that time through the tunnels, but his freedom lasted only days. On Feb. 22, 2014, the marines descended again, this time in a condo on the coast in Mazatlan.
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