Fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is believed to be suffering from injuries to his leg and face as he continues to evade Mexican authorities, NBC News has learned.
Mexican Marines zeroed in last week on the Sinaloa cartel kingpin after U.S. drug agents intercepted cell phone signals suggesting "El Chapo" was hiding at a ranch near Cosala in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains in western Mexico, according to three sources with knowledge of the operation.
Marines raided the ranch in helicopters, but were forced to turn back after taking fire from suspected Guzman security forces. The Marines later entered the camp on foot and discovered cell phones, medication and two-way radios, but Guzman and his accomplices are believed to have fled on ATVs.
Authorities gave chase and believed to have encircled the fugitive within a two-mile radius. But a week and a half after the raid, officials are losing hope that Guzman's capture is imminent.
Do you think he is actually injured? And if so, how would it be known (not to mention in the news)? Perhaps the DEA intercepted some additional communications, after he escaped the Cosala area, saying that Chapo injured his leg and head. These injuries sound like an an ATV crash, either he was riding on the back of one, or driving his own (its been a while since he had been riding, I assume). Also Im sure they were going as fast as they could to evade the Navy and get out of the area. On another note though, the Navy did say they found medication at his believed hiding spot. So perhaps Chapo had gotten injured prior to the Navy Op?