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With ‘El Chapo’ Behind Bars The Government Has Seized His Homes And Now They’re Putting Them Up For Auction

Some would say that interest rates are so low at the moment, that it’s a prime time to buy a house. But you know what’s an even better reason to check out what’s on the market? Three words: El Chapo’s house. That’s right, amigas. Now that the ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is definitively stuck with a pretty hefty life sentence, his goods are up for sale. His house and worldly possessions, that is. Not the drugs and other contraband.

We should probably mention: it’s not just one house being auctioned, it’s six.

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Imagine owning six houses. That’s definitely living the dream. Although, in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s case, he was pretty much confined to his living quarters when he was on the run. Granted, we can make an educated guess that there’s probably only so much you can do, even in a super duper decked-out pad. Poor El Chapo had it pretty rough, what with having to hide from the authorities across six homes. Especially in this economy. Okay, okay, we can only get away with so much sarcasm.

Apparently bidding on the drug lord’s home in Calle Rio Humaya will start at $107,349.

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But, don’t be fooled: not all of his houses are worth the same. It’s thought that, altogether, his collection of houses should fetch at least a staggering 19.5 million Mexican pesos – or, 1 million US dollars worth. Despite their impressive price tag, it’s worth noting that each of the properties also come fully furnished, sporting things such as television sets, washing and drying machines, microwaves and even exercise machines! That makes them a bargain, right?

And sure, they’re a bargain for anyone who’s watched too many Netflix true crime specials.

Apparently one of the homes is sporting a secret escape tunnel underneath a bathtub. The story behind this fateful tunnel is that the Mexican military had originally barged into El Chapo’s home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the early hours of a mid-February morning, back in 2004. The bathtub tunnel is credited with being the reason why El Chapo was able to escape the military’s clutches through an above ground drainage system. That is, until El Chapo was eventually captured, just one week after the raid.

Rumor has it that quite a few of the kingpin’s houses are connected by tunnels.

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After all, tunneling seemed to be El Chapo’s favorite way to get around: he previously managed to escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 by tunneling out through a shower stall. Unfortunately, though, we’re yet to hear of any word about whether the laundry cart El Chapo used in his 2001 prison break is also included in any of the auctions.

All jokes aside, the real question is whether there will be a lot of interest in the properties, or not.

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And we’re not just talking about the price point. One of the homes was originally purchased by El Chapo for the mother of his son, Ovidio Guzmán López. While the property itself has some pretty substantial draws – we’re talking multiple bedrooms, and an outdoor backyard pool – it’s also connected to a guy who is still on the run, and is very much wanted by the United States. There’s a high chance he might not necessarily want to just let go of a three-storey home that’s worth over half a million dollars. Or other things like the two luxury ships and convoy pricey sports cars. You know, the Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and Mercedes limousines.

And it may not entirely be up to Guzmán López. El Chapo’s kingpin status fell to his sons after his arrest.

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Word on the street has it that the Mexican government had arrested Guzmán López back in October, trying to deal a real blow to the cartels. However, the cartels retaliated by attacking a housing complex designed for military families. 14 people died during the shootouts, resulting in the government releasing Guzmán López to de-escalate the violence. With a reaction like that from the cartels over Guzmán López’s capture, it begs the question as to whether the sale of El Chapo’s homes may inspire copycat attacks during the auctions themselves, or on the new homeowners themselves.

Anyway, those daunting questions aside, here’s hoping that the Mexican government, who are responsible for the sale, see a proper payday from this series of El Chapo properties. The intention for the funds is to see them donated to a children’s music program based in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The ‘El Chapo’ Family Is In The Headlines Again But This Time It’s Because One Family Member Could Be Joining A VH1 Show

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The ‘El Chapo’ Family Is In The Headlines Again But This Time It’s Because One Family Member Could Be Joining A VH1 Show

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been in the news a lot recently. From his high-profile criminal case in the United States (that resulted in multiple life sentences) to the failed capture of his son in a Mexican police sting, the El Chapo name has been in many headlines.

Now, El Chapo’s wife is in the spotlight herself for the rumors of her possible casting in a hit VH1 show – Cartel Crew.

El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is reportedly in talks to join the cast of VH1’s Cartel Crew.

According to TMZ, Aispuro had a meeting with Michael Blanco (who is the son of Griselda Blanco) in Miami. Those close to the situation claim that Blanco was talking to Aispuro about her possibly joining the reality show’s cast. The meeting seemingly took place on Aispuro’s yacht and Micheal’s girlfriend, Marie, was also in attendance, judging from the pictures TMZ was able to obtain.

Coronel, who is barred from seeing her hubby who is locked up in the nation’s only supermax facility in Colorado, was recently in Miami for a round of meetings to discuss joining the reality TV show, TMZ said.

Michael and his partner, Marie, pulled up on their boat for the face-to-face meeting with Coronel in an effort to get her to join the reality show, which is currently in its second season.

Getting Aispuro to join the show would be a stretch for VH1.

Unlike the rest of the cast, El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel is still operating at a high level. Her husband is also working on appealing his life sentence. This could limit her dialogue on the show in an effort not to ruin El Chapo’s chances of regaining his freedom. Still, insiders tell TMZ that a deal is on the table for Aispuro to join the cast. If she agrees, her segments will start production immediately. 

Authorities in Mexico on Wednesday showed dramatic helmet cam footage of the moment Guzman’s son was captured by police earlier this month before the government released him after an ambush by cartel gunmen killed at least eight people.

Cartel Crew is a popular show for the network and landing such a big name could really help drive the network’s success.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 17: Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is surrounded by security as she arrives at federal court on July 17, 2019 in New York City. El Chapo was found guilty on all charges in a drug conspiracy trial and will be sentenced this morning. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

According to VH1, “Cartel Crew” aims to look at the lives of eight cartel descendants “as they navigate adulthood and the effects the legacy has had on their upbringing.” The subjects allege to have disconnected themselves from their past, the network says, and hope to make a name for themselves beyond the drug world.

The show already has another successful season under it’s belt.

Cartel Crew is currently shooting its second season. Along with Blanco, Aispuro would be joined by Marie Ramirez-D’Ariano, Kat Flores, Stephanie Acevedo, Nicole Zavala, Michael Zavala, Carlos Oliveros, and Dayana Castellanos if she signs on.

Cartel Violence Targets Mexican-American Family Near US-Mexico Border Killing At Least Nine

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Cartel Violence Targets Mexican-American Family Near US-Mexico Border Killing At Least Nine

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At least nine members of a Mexican-American family of 14 were brutally killed during a highway cartel ambush in Mexico, according to authorities. The family of three mothers and 14 children were Mormon-fundamentalist with dual American and Mexican citizenship. 

While the family was crossing the border between Galeana, Chihuahua and Bavispe, Sonora cartel members attacked the family who was spread across three cars with guns. When one bullet his the gas tank of an SUV it exploded. 

The victims were identified as Christina Marie Langford Johnson, 29; Dawna Langford, 43; Trevor Langford, 11; and Rogan Langford, 2-and-a-half, Rhonita Miller, 30; Howard Miller, 12; Krystal Miller, 10; and the 8-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana Miller, according to NBC News. 

Authorities believe the attack ensued when cartel members may have mistaken the vehicles for rival SUVs. 

A gruesome attack highlights Mexico’s cartel violence.

The Mexican government says some family members, including a woman and her children, were burned alive. Eight children survived, although some were seriously injured. A 9-month-old survived being shot in the chest, as did a 4-year-old who was shot in the back, according to Kendra Lee Miller a family member who spoke with NBC. 

Kendra said 13-year-old Devin Langford managed to escape uninjured. Devin walked roughly 14 miles to La Mora for help after concealing his wounded siblings in bushes and branches. Another child, 9-year-old McKenzie Langford who as grazed on the arm with a bullet was also forced to go and look for help when Devin did not return. McKenzie was lost for hours before being discovered by search parties. 

“Everyone is in so much shock,” Willie Jessop, a family member of one of the victim’s said. “It’s just unbelievable, and there’s just no way to comprehend it.”

According to Arizona Central, the family who is from Queen Creek, Arizona were a part of a massive local Mormon community. 

“It’s devastating,” Leah Staddon, another family member told Arizona Central. “It’s incomprehensible, the evil. I don’t understand how someone could do that.” 

Trump reacts to the attack on Twitter, saying he will “wage war.” 

“A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively.”

President Trump did not specify in what form the “help” would be provided, whether in the form of aid or military support. 

“The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” Trump wroteadding: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador responds to Trump. 

While López Obrador says he did not read Trump’s tweets he took a more optimistic tone. 

“In the spirit of cooperating… I am sure he has not been disrespectful. Every time we talk it is with that spirit of helping, which we appreciate very much,” he said. 

However, López Obrador warned against a “war on drugs” — perhaps he is aware of how the one in the United States failed horribly. 

“The worst thing is war … those who have lived war, suffered from war, know what that means… It is the opposite of politics, war is synonymous to irrationality, war is irrational,” he said.

Is Mexico’s approach with violent cartels coming to a head? 

The attack, which still has authorities scrambling to piece the incident together and find the remaining family members who are missing, comes weeks after a “botched anti-drug raid,” according to the Washington Post. 

The Sinola cartel gained control of Culiacan following the attempted arrest of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son Ovidio Guzman. After detaining him, the Mexican government released Ovidio to prevent a violent standoff with the cartel. 

The Los Angeles Times says Mexico’s homicides may exceed last year’s record high next year, while extortions are up 37 percent, and kidnappings are up 9 percent. According to Yahoo News, there have been 250,000 killings in Mexico since 2006 when Mexico used military intervention to combat organized crime. 

As López Obrador avoids militant responses, he has deployed 50,000 members of Mexico’s National Guard to thwart crime. Many are wondering if this incident will change López Obrador’s more diplomatic approach.