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'El Chapo' transferred to prison near U.S.

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 01:24

Mexican officials transfer drug cartel kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to a prison in Cuidad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Diane Hodges reports.

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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was Mexico's number one drug lord when he was captured in 2014. Officials took him to Federal Social Re-adaptation Center Number One, also known as Almoloya, just outside Mexico City. But the very next year he escaped, by building a tunnel under his shower area that stretched some 1500-meters or nearly one mile. It took police six months to track him down to a safe house in the northwestern part of the country, only to have him slip away again-through a storm drain. But helicopters combing the area spotted him and he, and a companion, were arrested. El Chapo was then returned to Almoloya in January of this year, the same prison he had escaped from. Now, he's been transferred to a federal prision in Ciudad Juarez, only a few miles from El Paso, Texas. Guzman's attorney, Juan Pablo Badillo says that doesn't worry him now, but that could change after the U.S. presidential election. . (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATTORNEY FOR JOAQUIN 'EL CHAPO' GUZMAN, JUAN PABLO BADILLO, SAYING: "President Obama is considered a fair man, a man who respects human rights. But what if we had Donald Trump as U.S. president? Trump says he wants to take El Chapo to the U.S. so he can kick his ass. They'll probably continue hurting him until they kill him." It's not known what prompted the prison transfer. It is clear that he's now only a few miles from the U.S, where there's a 5-million-dollar bounty on his head.

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'El Chapo' transferred to prison near U.S.

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 01:24