World The safe house of Mexico's once most infamous drug lord 'El Chapo' is now a lottery prize
Mexican Government Giving Away El Chapo's Safe House in a Lottery
Lottery tickets for Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's safe house, valued at $183,000, are selling for about $12 a popTickets began selling for about $12 on Wednesday, a day before Mexico's Independence Day, the Associated Press and The Washington Post reported.
- Mexico is gifting El Chapo's former safe house as a lottery prize, the reported.
- Authorities tried to auction off the Culiacan home last year but there were no takers.
- Mexican marines raided the home in 2014; El Chapo escaped through tunnels, but was caught in 2016.
A safe house once used byis now being given away in Mexico's national lottery, the reported.
Mexico Places Home Owned by El Chapo in Lottery After It Failed to Sell at Auction
Several seized properties are in the lottery this year, and this is the first time property has been given away through a drawing.Mexico's Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People, known by the initials INDEP, attempted to sell the house at auction last year. Bidding started at about $130,000, but there were no takers.
In February 2014, Guzman, then the head of the Sinaloa cartel was said to bebut fled through back tunnels and canals as authorities hunted for him. He was caught a few days later in nearby Mazatlan.
That Culiacan house has since been renovated after Mexican marines rammed through its doors in their effort to catch the drug lord. The AP reported surveillance cameras that could see everything around the perimeter of the home were removed, and the hole under a bathtub that connected to underground tunnels was covered up.
Mexico's Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People, known as INDEP, did not make any mention that the home was El Chapo's safe house. The house is only listed as "Casa en Culiacán," or Culiacan house.
A house of the bar of drug El Chapo involved in a Mexican Lottery
© Copyright 2021, Obs "Large house, two bedrooms, bathroom. Small plus: conspirative tunnel to escape discreetly in case of conflict with the army. It could be the description of the house involved in an amazing lottery, Mexico. Wednesday, September 15, on the occasion of the festivities of the Independence Day, a great lottery will indeed put on the games confiscated at drug barons for a total value of 10 million euros, reports "the world , Monday, September 13th.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador,also did not give a lot of details on the house's history.
Speaking about the home's features, Obrador said it had a black fence and was seven minutes from a park but made no mention of the infamous drug lord.
Last year, the INDEP tried to auction the house with bidding starting at around $130,000 but there were no takers, the AP reported.
The two-bedroom home had been abandoned for years and is estimated to be worth $183,000.
Guzman had a history of escaping authorities. He was imprisoned in Puente Grande, a maximum-security facility outside of the city of Guadalajara in 1995 for a 1993 shootout at the Guadalajara airport. In, after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled he could be extradited to the US.
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He remained at large for 13 years, until he was caught again in 2014. He then again. This time, he slipped through a hole in his cell that was in a blind spot from the security camera. The hole led to an underground tunnel that cost him an estimated $50 million in construction and bribes.
El Chapo wasin the city of Los Mochis. In January 2017, he was and by July 2019 he was tried and
Lottery tickets cost about $12.50 and the winner will be drawn on September 15, the day before Mexico's Independence Day.
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