El Chapo: Safehouse of Mexican drug kingpin to be given away as lottery prize | World News

A house used by former drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is to be given away by the Mexican government in a national lottery.

Guzman fled the safehouse in 2014 when marines in Mexico had him surrounded, but it has undergone some changes since then.

Surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home’s exterior have been removed as well as a hole under a bathtub that the drug lord slipped through to reach a network of tunnels.

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Attorneys for Guzman are asking for a new trial in light of what they say was jury misconduct during his drug conspiracy trial. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, pictured in 2014. Pic: AP

The country’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People (INDEP) have also given it a fresh coat of white paint and tiled over the spot in the bathroom where the tub and tunnel entry-point had been.

Guzman’s freedom in 2014 only lasted a few days until marines descended again, this time in a condo on the coast in Mazatlan – a Mexican resort town in the state of Sinaloa.

By that time, he had a reputation…

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