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Inside El Chapo’s lair complete with hot tub tunnel he used to escape cops as it goes on sale for just £9


THE lair used by infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to escape cops is up for sale for just £9.

His former safe house, which comes complete with the secret hot tub tunnel, is to be raffled off in Mexico for the bargain price, along with other properties owned by big cartel names.

A former safe house owned by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is up for grabs

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A former safe house owned by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is up for grabsCredit: CNN
It features a secret escape tunnel underneath the bathtub

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It features a secret escape tunnel underneath the bathtubCredit: CNN
Drug trafficker El Chapo being escorted to a helicopter by Mexican security forces in 2014

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Drug trafficker El Chapo being escorted to a helicopter by Mexican security forces in 2014Credit: Getty – Contributor

The Sinaloa cartel kingpin fled the home in Culiacan as police moved in to arrest him in 2014.

He dramatically escaped through a tunnel under the bathtub that connected to a storm drain, only to be arrested six days later.

After his subsequent reimprisonment, he upped his antics and performed a second escape in July 2015 from the Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez by fleeing through a hole under the shower in his cell.

He has made numerous bold breakouts, including one in 2001 when he managed to escape Puente Grande, a maximum-security Mexican prison in the sate of Jalisco, by hiding in a laundry cart and bribing guards.

The 64-year-old is now serving a life sentence in a US prison, but he was once considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the US Department of the Treasury.

The accommodation up for grabs, which appears relatively understated from the outside, is worth about $184,000 – equivalent to £133,000 – but is being sold for just 250 pesos, or £9.

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Behind the white facade hides a high-security safe house with scores of cameras and reinforced steel doors.

A tunnel underneath the home in Culiacan leads to other safe houses in the area

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A tunnel underneath the home in Culiacan leads to other safe houses in the areaCredit: CNN
The interior is modest so the drug lord could hide in plain sight

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The interior is modest so the drug lord could hide in plain sightCredit: CNN
The home is being raffled off for just £9

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The home is being raffled off for just £9Credit: CNN

The interior is modest – which was said to be part of El Chapo’s strategy to be able to hide in plain sight.

But beneath the bathroom’s tub lies a secret tunnel which leads users to a string of safe houses via the town’s sewage system.

Culiacan, where the houses are located, is considered the 21st most dangerous city in the world, according to 2020 data.

El Chapo’s former home is among several assets being raffled off on September 15, the government confirmed.

The national lottery office said the “payback” consists of 248 different prizes, as well as cash worth $12.5 million.

Also up for grabs are 22 other homes, including the Mexico City mansion of the former head of the Juarez cartel, Amado Carrillo.

The luxury property boasts spas, saunas and a ballroom, as well as a large indoor pool, and is estimated to be worth about $3.8m.

A private box at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will also be given away, with all proceeds going towards Covid-19 vaccines, scholarships and wellness programs.

There were scores of security cameras

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There were scores of security camerasCredit: CNN
Bank notes part of a seizure of more than $15 million from cartel led by El Chapo

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Bank notes part of a seizure of more than $15 million from cartel led by El ChapoCredit: AFP – Getty
Inside the tunnel used by El Chapo to escape from the Maximum Security Prison of El Altiplano in Almoloya de Juarez in 2015

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Inside the tunnel used by El Chapo to escape from the Maximum Security Prison of El Altiplano in Almoloya de Juarez in 2015Credit: Getty – Contributor

El Chapo – which means “shorty” in English – was a moniker attributed in reference to his height.

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He headed the Sinaloa Cartel and was considered “one of the most powerful people in the world” by Forbes between 2009 and 2013.

He earned the nickname “El Rapido” for his speed at transporting drugs from Mexico to America for the Colombian cartels.

The Sinaloa cartel transported narcotics into the US by fishing boats, submarines, carbon fibre airplanes, trains with secret compartments and even transnational underground tunnels.

After the narcotics arrived in America, they were sold to wholesale distributors across the country.

El Chapo used elaborate schemes to launder the billions of dollars of drug proceeds, including bulk cash smuggling from the US to Mexico and infiltrating US-based insurance companies, reloadable debit cards, and numerous shell corporations, including a juice company and a fish flour business.

At trial in New York, he was found guilty of counts relating to drug trafficking, the possession of illegal firearms and money laundering.

The court also heard shocking details about his life including accusations that he drugged girls as young as 13 and raped them.

He allegedly called them his “vitamins” because they “gave him life”.

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