After three days of being on high alert following an Interpol tip that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was hiding out in the southern province of Neuquén, the Argentine government called off the wild goose chase for the world’s most wanted drug lord because turns out he’s not in the province. Or the country.
Security Secretary Sergio Berni announced today that National Justice had ruled out the possibility that El Chapo was in the country.
I won’t be playing the lottery or placing election day bets anytime soon, as it’s been confirmed that El Chapo is not in fact hiding out in the southern mountains with the Führer (to you people who swear Hitler’s still alive. Give it up: he’s not). The massive manhunt for the cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine smuggler continues.
But, the guess wasn’t far off: Guzman is said to have connections in Argentina.
In 2008, eight Mexicans and an Argentine were arrested after pulling a serious Walter White, cooking crystal meth for Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel in the town of Ingeniero Maschwitz, in Buenos Aires Province.
In 2011, UN investigator Edgardo Buscaglia reported that the 60-year-old billionaire had cells in three of the poorest regions in the country: Formosa, Misiones and Chaco.
For now, “an unusually high number of border police are guarding various border crossings between [Chile and Argentina], including around the tourist city of Bariloche, in the province of Río Negro,” El País reported.
The Sinaloa cartel leader has twice escaped maximum security prisons, most recently in July when he fled via an elaborate 1.6-kilometre tunnel that surfaced from right inside his cell shower (making absolute tunnel legacy).
A few weeks ago, the Mexican government reported that Guzman had escaped the most recent raid, in which the 60-year-old billionaire emerged from hiding to rescue his daughter’s pet monkey Boots and got away from Mexican marines, despite sustaining wounds to the leg and face.
Who the hell is this guy? The next Narcos star, obviously.