Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Federal Police Recapture 'El Güicho'
The man accused of transporting cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and into the United States for the Sinaloa cartel was recaptured on Monday, September 5 after having escaped detention from a hospital 40 days ago.
After escaping from a Mexico City hospital on July 27, "El Guicho" fled first to Puebla and later to Jalisco, where he was re-apprehended.
Guajardo Hernandez had been arrested for the first time last May 12 during an armed confrontation and a police chase in the border city of Mexicali, Baja California. During the confrontation "El Guicho" was shot twice in the abdomen.
It was during his hospital recovery that he allegedly paid a million pesos to at least two police officers to help him escape.
According to the Secretary of Public Security, El Guicho operated in Baja California, but also controlled operations moving Colombian cocaine into Mexico.
His original arrest last May was described as a "very powerful blow" to El Chapo Guzman's Baja California operations.
Guajardo Hernandez allegedly replaced Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental, after his arrest in January 2010.
After his escape in July, Baja California announced a $3 million peso reward for information leading to his arrest.
State prosecutors contend Guarjardo Hernandez has been charged with numerous counts of homicide, weapons possession, and drug trafficking and is the primary focus of at least 23 preliminary investigations. He is also considered responsible for the October 2010 El Camino rehabilitation center massacre.
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La policía federal reaprehende a un operador clave para 'El Chapo'
Autoridades mexicanas recapturan a capo que se fugó durante una visita médica