IT HAS emerged that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug lord, may be hiding out in Costa Rica, after his son accidentally revealed where he was on social media.
A photo posted on the Twitter account of the fugitive’s son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, showed him sitting at a table with two men whose faces are obscured by emoticons, the Telegraph reported.
One of the men in the August 31 image has a strong resemblance to El Chapo and the photo is captioned, “August here, already know who.”
Salazar, 29, has taunted authorities on social media with photos of his father since the drug kingpin’s dramatic escape from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison in July.
However, it may be that this time the joke has backfired after the Twitter post included the photo’s location after Salazar apparently failed to disable a smart phone feature that automatically tags where an image was taken.
Beneath the image, it said “Costa Rica” which might refer to the country or the village of Costa Rica in Sinaloa, Mexico. Guzman is the boss of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Guzman, who is believed to be 58, waited until he had received his daily dose of medication at 8pm before making his escape from the Altiplano jail, one of Mexico’s most secure prisons.
He reportedly slipped out of his cell through a rectangular passage in his shower area, climbing down a 10 metre ladder into an illuminated tunnel.
The 1.5km-long ventilated tunnel was equipped with a motorcycle-on-rails system that whisked Guzman to a small cinder-block house, from which he is believed to have emerged to freedom.