After rumors about the potential capture of one of Mexico’s most wanted fugitives, Mexican authorities spell out the latest failed attempt at his arrest.
Information is surfacing after the recent near miss capture of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. A article recently published by the Mexican daily newspaper Reforma said that the alleged house, located in Los Cabos, Baja California, had been rented by the Mexican drug trafficker to have a romantic encounter with a prostitute, said Cuitlahuac Salinas Martinez, Deputy head of the Organized Crime .
According to statements by Salinas Martinez, the man most wanted by U.S. and Mexican justice, would have met the prostitute in the residence in Punta Ballena, about 18 February. Although Guzman would not have arranged the encounter directly, the agreement was presumably assigned to a third party of unknown identity.
The Reforma reports the prostitute was blindfolded and taken to the rented residence for her sexual rendezvous with the drug cartel leader. In the house were a cook, and a gardener who stated they had only been employed the residence for a month.
Sources of Reforma indicated that workers in the house did not know who rented the home or who to expect the arrival of, until the gardener was sent to pick up a man to a clandestine airstrip located in the southern part of the Mexican state of Baja California, known as Baja Sur .
The Mexican newspaper said that until that moment that the gardener saw that it was the Sinaloa Cartel leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Waiting at the house was the prostitute who was also taken by surprise when Guzman arrived at the home.
Cuitláhuac Salinas Martinez, a representative of the Mexico’s organized crime division of the Attorney General’s office, said that after Guzman arrived at the house, the prostitute told him she wouldn’t be able to perform the services she was hired for because she was menstruating. The two agreed to postpone the encounter. Guzman left the property, but the prostitute stayed at the house for a few more days, Salinas Martinez said.
Mexican investigators arrived at the house and arrested the prostitute, gardener and cook on Feb. 21. Salinas Martinez suggested that had it not been for the postponed encounter, authorities might have finally arrested Guzman, whom they have been trying to pin down since he escaped from a Mexican prison 11 years ago.
He also noted that on February 21 police entered the property and in addition to the arrests confiscated two trucks, grenades, a rifle and a grenade launcher.
The authorities indicate that it was solely because of the prostitute’s refusal to meet with Chapo due to the arrival of her period, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel would have been apprehended.
Martinez Salinas said the Mexican drug trafficker has been close to his capture three times so far this year, adding that priority remains to locate him.
Salinas Martinez said he learned of his stay in Los Cabos possible thanks to an anonymous tip.
Sources used: Reforma and Univision