Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the elusive Mexican drug kingpin who escaped from a high security prison in July, was injured in his leg and face during a “headlong flight” as authorities recently closed in on his mountain hideout, Mexico’s National Security Cabinet confirmed in a statement late Friday.
The government said Guzman was not wounded in a direct confrontation with law enforcement agencies but during a hasty retreat as Mexican Marines moved to surround his location.
Guzman is known by the nickname “El Chapo” or, in English, “Shorty.”
“As a result of these actions, and to avoid his capture, in recent days, the fugitive engaged in a hasty retreat, which, according to the information received, caused him injuries to one leg and the face,” the statement said.
“It’s important to clarify that these injuries were not a product of a direct clash,”
the statement added, without elaboration.
Mexican marines closed in on the Sinaloa cartel kingpin last week after US drug agents intercepted cell phone signals indicating El Chapo was hiding in a ranch in the Sierra Madre mountains near the Sinaloa city of Cosala.
the troops raided the ranch with helicopters, but turned back after taking fire from Guzmen’s gunmen.
Several days ago, Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez told Congress that authorities had captured a man who had aided Guzman after his escape.
On Saturday, the federal official said the man was the pilot who flew the escaped drug trafficker in the light plane.
Authorities have not said whether any of the suspects provided them with information to help track Guzman.
On the video broadcast by Televisa, a loud noise — perhaps a chipping hammer could be heard over the sound of Guzmán’s television.
At another point, a huge crash that sounds like falling concrete or debris is heard.
it took prison guards about 40 minutes to come into Guzmán’s cell after his escape.
As of late Friday, Mexico’s government said Guzman had avoided capture in an operation in the mountains of northwestern Mexico.
Guzman is charged with drug trafficking and related crimes in several U.S. federal courts, including Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York and Florida.
The U.S. announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest. Mexico has offered $3.8 million.
Fugitive cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman fell off what appeared to be a small cliff as special forces chased him earlier this month, a Mexican official with knowledge of the investigation
The pursuit came after Mexican Marines and other special forces spotted the Sinaloa cartel chief on October 9 near the town of Cosala, in the mountains of Mexico’s Sinaloa state,
the official said.
He’s believed to have broken his leg and injured his face in the fall, the official said.