HomeNewsBriefMapping El Chapo's Reported Hideouts
BRIEF

Mapping El Chapo's Reported Hideouts

EL CHAPO / 18 NOV 2015 BY MIKE LASUSA EN

Following allegations that Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman flew his way to safety in Venezuela, InSight Crime created an interactive map showing the reported whereabouts over the past several months of one of the world's most wanted criminals. 

After a years-long manhunt, El Chapo was captured in Mazatlan, Mexico in February 2014. In July, however, he escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico state.

Since his escape, the drug lord has reportedly been seen and/or sought after in countries as far-flung as Argentina and the Netherlands, as well as in places closer to his home country, like Guatemala and the United States. (See InSight Crime map below) El Chapo most recently made headlines for allegedly arriving in Venezuela by plane in late September. 

 

Although several suspects implicated in El Chapo’s escape have been arrested, the crime boss remains at large. Mexican authorities nearly captured the kingpin last month during a raid on a ranch in the Sierra Madre mountains in Sinaloa state, but he reportedly escaped with injuries to his leg and face.

InSight Crime Analysis

With an international manhunt afoot and widespread media coverage of El Chapo’s escape, it’s no surprise that his presence has been suspected in so many different countries -- especially in Latin America, where he and the Sinaloa Cartel maintain extensive connections

In addition to Venezuela, reports of El Chapo's whereabouts recently caused a stir among Argentine officials after law enforcement officers received a tip that the drug lord might have tried to cross the country’s border with Chile. However, Argentina's security secretary, Sergio Berni, said authorities looked into the tipster and found that there was “no truth” to the information he provided.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of El Chapo

Nevertheless, the Bolivian government announced last week that it will beef up border security in an effort to prevent El Chapo’s possible entrance into the Andean nation. In an interview with the government-run Bolivian Information Agency, Deputy Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances Felipe Caceres cited “rumors…that the former commander of the Police and former Director General of the Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) Oscar Nina, maintained links” with one of El Chapo’s sons.

But as the map shows, El Chapo’s best bet for finding a safe hideout is most likely in his traditional stronghold of Mexico’s “Golden Triangle,” where his folk hero status has become the subject matter of countless “narcocorridos” literally singing his praises.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

GENDER AND CRIME / 7 AUG 2017

A recent report offers new insight into human trafficking in Mexico, and reinforces concerns about the role of organized…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 3 OCT 2012

The recent shooting of CIA agents in Mexico may have been an assassination attempt by organized criminal groups, according to…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 2 FEB 2011

It took the death of one its own agents to get the United States Government to begin an inquiry into…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…