Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Mansions, Aztec Stadium Luxury Box Among Raffle Prizes up for Sale: Mexico Government
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's mansions, a luxury box seat at Aztec Stadium, and other properties would be among the raffle prizes up for sale, according to Mexican authorities.
The "mega raffle," according to New York Post, is set for Sept. 15 and will auction off 22 of El Chapo's properties worth an estimated $12.5 million.
El Chapo's 10,000 square-foot estates in Tlalpan are also among the prizes up for sale, which cost around $4 million. The estate comes with nine bedrooms, an indoor pool, jacuzzis, a wine cellar, and a party salon.
The former drug lord's home in Sinaloa worth $200,000 is also for sale. It features the bathtub from which El Chapo dug his way to freedom to elude the Mexican navy in 2014. The Sinaloa home had failed to sell after three times at auction, Mexico News Daily reported.
Then the 20-seat luxury box at Mexico City's Aztec Stadium that valued at more than $1 million and good through 2065. The box is where former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid handed to Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona the World Cup trophy after the 1986 Argentina victory.
Also on the market is the mansion of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, former head of the Juarez Cartel. It is located in one of the most exclusive areas in Mexico City.
The Carrillo Fuentes mansion was reportedly auctioned in May 2020 for about $2 million, but the purchase did not materialize, so it has been added to the raffle.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that selling the properties, residencies, and even the box would help the government purchase vaccines and medicines. He added that it would also be used to finance scholarships and cover wellness programs.
El Chapo, the most well-known Sinaloa Cartel leader, is considered one of the most notorious and elusive drug kingpins in Mexico. He was extradited to the U.S. and convicted in 2019 on numerous charges over his drug trafficking activities.
El Chapo's Narco Tunnels
Earlier in May, Mexican authorities had discovered a 650-foot tunnel allegedly built by El Chapo in Tijuana, Mexico. The tunnel was located across the street from a National Guard base.
The narco tunnel, which was equipped with ventilation, lighting, carts, and rails, was found after a marijuana package was left outside a house where the tunnel was hidden, according to another New York Post report.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimated that there are more than 13,000 narco tunnels in Mexico. Most of them were reportedly established in areas where the Sinaloa Cartel is doing its operations.
Reports said that some of those tunnels could span nearly 1,500 feet. The DEA said that El Chapo was behind the construction of the tunnels that were mainly used to transport drugs, cash, and sometimes migrants.
El Chapo's Wife
Meanwhile, El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, had been arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia last February. She was accused of helping her husband to run the Sinaloa cartel.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said that Emma Coronel Aispuro had conspired to distribute cocaine and had helped plan her husband's escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.
Emma Coronel Aispuro was both a citizen of Mexico and the U.S. She met El Chapo when she was 17 and got married right after. They had two children from their marriage.
Emma Coronel Aispuro was reported to have been present in the courtroom almost every day during her husband's trial. Her lawyer Mariel Colon Miro earlier said that El Chapo's wife is currently reading romantic novels in prison to pass the time.
WATCH: El Chapo's Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges at Dulles Airport - From CBS This Morning
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