More testimony coming this morning from Victor Vazquez, a DEA agent who captured Chapo in 2014.
The story of that capture is covered episode 6 of our podcast. Listen: open.spotify.com/episode/738NnU…
It shows Mexican marines and DEA agents on Black Hawk helicopters flying over Sinaloa toward a ranch owned by El Mayo, who was the target of an unsuccessful capture operation 11 days before they got Chapo.
Mayo was gone by the time they arrived. They arrested two of his associates, which Vazquez said led to a large weapons seizure.
"That's when I knew we got him," Vazquez recalled.
He ran down to a parking garage, where El Chapo was detained on his knees.
Will post those later. In the meantime, listen to our podcast, which describes another DEA agent's version of this story.
Stay tuned for updates, still expecting an interesting cooperating witness to be called later this afternoon.
She described fleeing from the 2014 raid by the DEA and marines with Chapo through the bathtub tunnel. He was naked.
She had been forced to leave office in Mexico because of her connections to him. She was also starting to see his darkest side.
Condor closed the tub. Lucero felt trapped. "For me it was horrible. I'd never been in a place like that. It was humid and filed with mud."
It opened, then they took off running. Chapo was in the front — again, totally naked. The others were clothed.
I've been inside the tunnel — it's cramped. You have to hunch over to move around. This is where they were running for their lives.
It took them about 10 minutes at another house, buying Chapo just enough time to make his escape through the bathtub tunnel.
He walks into the bathroom connected to the master bedroom to find the tub propped up, revealing the entrance to Chapo's hidden escape tunnel.
You can see the reinforced door and get a sense of how Chapo was living. It's nice but not super luxurious.
Here, they discuss a large marijuana shipment. documentcloud.org/documents/5688…