On Wednesday July 29th, the U.S. government included drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera in its list of most-wanted fugitives, offering a US$5 million reward for information leading to his capture, according to a spokesman from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The decision to include the former Sinaloa Cartel leader on the blacklist of most sought-after criminals was made July 16, five days after he escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison in the State of Mexico.
Guzmán Loera allegedly made his escape from the prison through a 1.5-kilometer long tunnel. A motorcycle was waiting at the end of the tunnel, which he used to reach his hideout at an unknown location.
Following this incident, the DEA created a police profile for El Chapo on their official website. There are two photographs of the fugitive; one with hair and one with a shaven head. He is described as a white man with black hair, brown eyes, standing 1.68 meters (5 feet 6 inch) tall and weighing 75 kilograms (165 lbs). He is referred to as “armed and dangerous.”
As reported by The News, seven arrest warrants for public servants have been emitted in connection with the incident.
The U.S. government called on Mexico to extradite Guzmán when he was arrested in 2014, and the event has drawn international criticism of the Mexican government in recent weeks.
The DEA spokesman said the Mexican government is offering a reward of 60 million pesos ($3.8 million) for the recapture of El Chapo.
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