I’ve developed a slightly unhealthy obsession with cartels ever since I binged the first couple seasons of Narcos so I’ve been keeping a very close eye on the trial of Joaquín Guzmán— a.k.a. “El Chapo— the Mexican drug lord whose appetite for brutality rivals that of Pablo Escobar.
After escaping from prison multiple times in Mexico, El Chapo was arrested in 2016 and finally extradited to the United States, where he was charged with basically every single crime under the sun before pleading not guilty to all charges.
His trial began back in November and there have been a number of wild revelations that have come out of it, like the time he allegedly had a man and his wife killed because the guy didn’t shake his hand.
Multiple people have taken the stand to testify against El Chapo— including one of his own sons, who spent five hours detailing how his father managed to become one of the most powerful men in the world.
Last week, Guzmán’s wife was in attendance when prosecutors introduced some juicy text messages he sent to one of his mistresses, and yesterday, another one of them appeared in court and told one of the craziest stories to come out of the trial so far.
According to Vice reporter Keegan Hamilton, Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López testified against her former lover and recalled her experience with him during their fling— including the time he ran naked through a secret tunnel to avoid arrest in 2014.
You might want to strap in because you’re in for one hell of a ride.
There’s a lot to digest here but my favorite takeaway might be the fact the drug lord thought far ahead enough to put a bathtub on hydraulics to conceal an escape tunnel.
Sure, he might be a terrible person, but you kind of have to respect the ingenuity.