Inside the El Chapo house raffled off in Mexico which included a secret tunnel from the bathtub

© AP el chapo house 7.jpg

A drug cartel safehouse where the Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo once escaped down a secret tunnel has been raffled off to a mystery winner.

Joaquín Guzmán, then leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is said to have slipped away via a ladder hidden under his bathtub while Mexican marines battered down his steel-reinforced door in 2014.

But the lucky holder of raffle ticket number 1,438,619 will need to do some significant remodelling if they want to repeat that trick, after the Mexican government covered the tunnel with a concrete slab and new tiles.

The former safehouse, having previously failed to sell at auction with a starting bid of $130,000, was one of 20 impounded properties up for grabs in Mexico’s independence day lottery on Wednesday. The proceeds will go to athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics.

Ernesto Prieto, director general of Mexico’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People (Indep), said the raffle’s purpose was to turn “onerous properties with heavy maintenance costs” into “a tangible benefit for society”.

Photos released on Tuesday show that this was no luxurious gangster’s paradise. It is a far cry from the $3.8-million Mexico City mansion also given away, let alone drug lord Pablo Escobar’s palatial Naples Estate in Colombia, with its now-wild hippopotamuses.

Instead, Guzmán’s old bolthole is an unassuming 2,800 sq ft home in the quiet neighbourhood of Culiacán, the Sinaloa Cartel’s hometown, which had stood empty for years after the marines damaged it in February 2014.

It is a bare-walled bungalow with low ceilings and bars on the windows, across the road from a school and surrounded by a tall metal fence. Indep has torn out the security cameras that used to watch its every corner and given it a fresh coat of white paint.

© Provided by The Independent After his previous prison break Guzman was re-caputured in 2014 (Getty)

Officials told the Associated Press that they were surprised it had got any attention, and neighbours said they hadn’t known who owned it. Indep’s website simply listed it as “Casa en Culiacán”.

It does, however, have one important amenity: a storm drain right next door that allowed Guzmán to build his tunnel under the bathtub, linking it to six other homes.

The 64-year-old gangster, whose nickname means ‘Shorty’ in Spanish, was famed for his use of underground tunnels, not only to evade arrest but also to move drugs underneath the US border, earning him the sobriquet “lord of the tunnels”.

Six days after the raid in 2014, he was arrested in the city of Mazatlán. Yet the following year he escaped from a maximum security prison via another tunnel, carefully dug from inside a cinderblock house on a recently-bought scrap of land into a specific shower stall.

Guzmán is now serving a life sentence in the US for drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and various other crimes.

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Newcastle United v Tottenham suspended amid medical emergency

Newcastle United’s home clash with Tottenham Hotspur has been suspended for after a fan was seemingly taken ill in the stands. Play was stopped just before half-time after Tottenham players ... Read more »

Newcastle vs Tottenham game halted due to medical emergency in St James' Park crowd

Game stopped in 40th minute after referee Andre Marriner's attention was alerted to incident; Newcastle say in club statement: "The supporter who was in need of urgent medical assistance has been stabilised and is on their way to hospital" Read more »

Native Kingdom Hearts Switch ports still a possibility

Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts 3 were coming to the Nintendo Switch earlier this month. This incited ... Read more »

Malaysian drug suspect, Filipino cohort killed

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Undercover police, backed by soldiers, shot dead a Malaysian drug dealer and his Filipino cohort in a sting operation at a coastal village in the southern Philippine province ... Read more »

Australia could see Covid surge from new variants even after 80% vaccination when border reopens

If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged ... Read more »

NSW is opening up further from Monday – what extra freedoms do people have now?

NSW now has more than 80% of its adult population fully vaccinated which means a raft of new freedoms came into effect from Monday 18 October. © Provided by The ... Read more »

Extracurricular activities benefit kids from poorer families most but access a problem, Australian study finds

Children from disadvantaged families benefit most from extracurricular activities but are much less likely to have access to sport, arts or cultural pursuits, Australian researchers say. © Provided by The ... Read more »

Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on T.J. Hockenson, Allen Robinson, Kadarius Toney affecting Week 6 start 'em, sit 'em decisions

A star TE (T.J. Hockenson) and two WR3s (Allen Robinson and Kadarius Toney) are all “questionable” heading into Week 6 games, which is sure to cause fantasy start ’em, sit ... Read more »

A Tennessee judge created and used policies - and a non-existent law - to jail children, investigation finds

© Provided by INSIDER Judge Donna Scott Davenport is accused of creating policies that led to children being illegally arrested and detained. rutherfordcountytn.gov A juvenile court judge implemented policies that ... Read more »

Border policies pushing migrants to take more risks, advocates say

Ely Ortiz is used to receiving heartbreaking phone calls. But Ortiz, the president of Aguilas del Desierto, or Desert Eagles, a volunteer-run organization that conducts search and rescue missions for ... Read more »

Bill Clinton Released from the Hospital After Treatment for Infection: 'We Will Continue to Monitor'

© Provided by People Allen J Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Bill Clinton has been released from the hospital after several days following treatment for a non-COVID-related infection. On Sunday morning, a spokesperson ... Read more »

CDC issues new COVID-19 guidance for the holiday season

New holiday COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges eligible people to get vaccinated against the virus and wear masks — in some cases — when ... Read more »

Prince Charles Is "Very Proud" of Prince William Ahead of the Earthshot Prize Awards

Prince Charles has praised his son, Prince William, ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards. The Prince of Wales shared a message commending the Duke of Cambridge's commitment to environmental ... Read more »

Woman conceived through rape wins award for campaign to convict father

Photograph: Barry Lewis/Getty Images A woman conceived through rape who campaigned for nine years to bring her father to justice has won a prestigious award. The 45-year-old can only be ... Read more »

0:5 nach 37 Minuten: Desillusion in Leverkusen

© KEYSTONE/EPA/SASCHA STEINBACH Weder Trainer Gerardo Seoane noch seine Leverkusner Spieler wissen, wie ihnen geschieht. Sie verlieren das Bundesliga-Spitzenduell mit Bayern München zuhause 1:5. Nach 37 Minuten steht es 0:5. ... Read more »

Opinion: Mahadhir's opportunity: How MDEC's new CEO can make a difference in his first 100 days

© Provided by The Edge August 2021 was a special month for the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). With a month-long event called Malaysia Tech Month, it celebrated its silver ... Read more »

‘State is a mess': Bill Bratton wishes Eric Adams luck in ‘tough road' ahead

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said “the legislature has made it almost impossible to do anything.” Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday wished ... Read more »

Cover Story: The dark web rises

© Provided by The Edge The dark web is often seen as a virtual back alley — a shady place where underground deals are made and criminal gangs plot their ... Read more »

How does Marlo Mortel handle issues thrown at him?

Marlo Mortel opens up on his recent issues as an artist and on how he handles them. Recently, Mortel made the rounds on social media as netizens claimed that the ... Read more »

Digital Transformation: Work with a streamlined solution, not a Frankenstein monster

© Provided by The Edge The pandemic has escalated the digital race into a digital stampede. Where before it was only a few large entities at the forefront of technology ... Read more »

HR Tech: Managing the on-ground workforce

© Provided by The Edge Ho Di-Yan worked as a civil engineer in Southeast Asian countries for more than seven years and during his time in the construction industry, he ... Read more »

Piala Thomas milik Indonesia selepas hampir dua dekad

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Anthony Sinisuka Ginting meraikan kejayaan menewaskan Lu Guang Zu dalam acara perseorangan pertama pada final Piala Thomas di Aarhus, Denmark. (Gambar AFP) PETALING JAYA: ... Read more »

Ransomware: Combating ransomware in the digital norm

© Provided by The Edge Cyberthreat actors are constantly adapting to the changing security landscape as they upgrade their tools and amplify their strategies to exploit network vulnerabilities. With the ... Read more »

Kevin Cheng makes fun of Kenneth Ma about being a father

© The Independent Singapore © The Independent Singapore Hong Kong ― Kids’ Lives Matter is touted as one of TVB’s Anniversary dramas this year, and it has received plenty of publicity. ... Read more »

Crucial bypoll test for Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh

© Provided by India Today Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is gearing up for yet another trial at the hustings with byelections slated for three assembly segments and ... Read more »

75 days after Army chopper crashed, body of co-pilot recovered from J K dam

Late Captain Jayant Joshi On August 3, an Army chopper with two people inside crashed into Ranjit Sagar Dam in Basholi area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district during a ... Read more »

NARCL to bring on board more directors soon

© Provided by Zee Business The National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL) or bad bank will soon bring on board more directors for fair representation of shareholders and better corporate governance, ... Read more »

FinMin to seek Cabinet nod for setting up company to monetise land assets of privatisation-bound CPSEs

© Provided by Zee Business The finance ministry will soon move the Cabinet to seek approval for setting up a company for transfer and subsequent monetisation of land and non-core ... Read more »

Digit Insurance eyes Rs 6,500 cr in premia sales by Oct 2022

© Provided by Zee Business Fairfax-promoted Digit Insurance is confident of taking its premia sales to over Rs 6,500 crore when it completes five years of operations in the next ... Read more »

TN Forest Department draws flak for 'firing two tranquilisers' on tiger

© IANS TN Forest Department draws flak for ‘firing two tranquilisers’ on tiger Chennai, Oct 17 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has drawn flak on capturing the elusive MDT23 ... Read more »

Will Rahul Gandhi get his ‘Team 2024' in 2022?

© Provided by India Today It is by now more or less certain that Rahul Gandhi will be Congress president again. He is set to replace his mother Sonia Gandhi, ... Read more »

Contract killings replaced by ‘govt killings' to end opponents, Shiv Sena slams Centre

© Provided by Hindustan Times Attacking the Centre over the action by probe agencies against members of the ruling coalition Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Shiv Sena on Sunday said ... Read more »

Bryony Frost bullying probe against Robbie Dunne nears conclusion after leaked report

Racing chiefs say a probe into allegations of bullying against Bryony Frost is close to a conclusion after details of a report were leaked. Jockey Robbie Dunne was charged with ... Read more »

Hooters amends uniform policy after employees condemn ‘disturbing' new shorts

© Provided by The Independent Hooters has said it will allow employees to “choose” which uniform they wish to wear after female staff members criticised the restaurant chain’s new shorts ... Read more »

No surrender: Progressives must not compromise on tax hikes for the rich

© Provided by Salon Joe Biden; Joe Manchin; Kyrsten Sinema Joe Biden, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was recently confronted at ... Read more »

Denver Art Museum to return artifacts to Cambodia after Pandora Papers expose links to indicted art dealer

© Getty Images Denver Art Museum to return artifacts to Cambodia after Pandora Papers expose links to indicted art dealer The Denver Art Museum will return four relics to Cambodia ... Read more »

People's backgrounds may be screened before they are allowed to meet with their MPs

Home Secretary Priti Patel speaking at the Conservative Party Conference earlier htis month – AP Constituents who book in meetings with their MPs could have their backgrounds checked under proposals ... Read more »

Homelessness prevention is better than cure

Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock We have reached the cliff edge of a mass homelessness crisis. Some 4.3 million people are behind on household bills, and 564,000 people are in rent arrears. ... Read more »

Parliament calls in new security firm after mounting complaints from MPs

Police officers read tribute messages on bouquets placed outside Parliament to honour Sir David Amess Parliament has been forced to hire a new security firm to protect MPs in their ... Read more »

‘I believe in him' – Russell Martin delivers verdict on Swansea summer signing after emphatic Cardiff win

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Fulham v Swansea City Swansea City boss Russell Martin has hailed Jamie Paterson as a “brilliant character” after seeing him score and ... Read more »