Argentina on High Alert Following El Chapo Sighting

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Federal authorities in Argentina are on high alert after a possible sighting of top Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.

The state of high alert following the reported El Chapo sighting calls for a a large number of Argentian federal police officers to roam the mountain passes near an area known as Bariloche while their counterparts in Chile carry out a similar operation, El Clarin newspaper reported citing information form that country’s National Gendarmerie.

The mountain area between Argentina and Chile is filled with canyons and harsh terrain that make it ideal for someone trying to sneak in without being noticed.

Guzman Loera became a worldwide phenomenon over the summer when, as reported by Breitbart Texas, he carried out a brazen escape from one of Mexico’s maximum security prisons by using a motorcycle to drive through a mile long tunnel. The escape was further aided by guards who had been playing video games instead of checking the video feeds of the cell. 

The flawless escape was seen as a slap in the face of Mexican authorities since it is the second time that Guzman Loera has been able to escape from one of the most secure prisons in that country.

Just last month, authorities came close to catching him after the capo sent his henchmen to bring him a pet monkey Breitbart Texas reported. The monkey named “Boots” is the favorite pet of his young daughters who according to Mexican news outlets had begged the drug lord to bring.

After tracking Guzman to his hideout the capo was barely able to escape and is believed to have been injured while fleeing.

Guzman Loera is the current leader of the Sinaloa Federation, the most powerful cartel in Mexico. According to a recent DEA report about the heroin epidemic in the America, Guzman and his cartel are responsible for most of the heroin supply in this country. 

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.