Updated 07:05 AM EST, Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Raid Leaves Two Mexican Marines Dead

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has eluded the law once again. A new series of raids in search of the elusive drug lord has left two Mexican Marines dead this week in the coastal town of the Sinaloa state.

In a report by Fox News Latino, the marines were patrolling the streets of Angostura, a small town with a population of only about 5,000 people.

According to the report, the marines pulled over a pickup truck, and were shot by the driver when he got out of the vehicle. One marine died on the spot and the second one died of his injuries when he was brought to the hospital.

"El Chapo", which means "The Short One" or "shorty"  because of his 5-foot-6-inch frame, was captured in Guatemala in 1993. He was then extradited to Mexico to face murder and drug trafficking charges. The elusive drug cartel leader escaped from prison in 2001 after bribing prison guards. He was re-captured in February 2014 

The report with local newspaper El Pais said that the attacker was an ex-convict named José María Peñuelas Rubio. The Secretary of the Marines (Semar) reported that the attacker was killed in the firefight.

As of now, there is no further information on the shootout. El Chapo's escape from a maximum security facility in July has sparked security forces to conduct raids in the infamous Golden Triangle area, a mountainous region that consists of parts of the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa, El Chapo's home state.This is reportedly the second time this week that the hunt for the elusive drug cartel lord has been met with violence.

On Christmas Day, it was reported by UPI that marines and armed men had an encounter in El Chapo's hometown of Badiraguato. Authorities did not release any information regarding the casualties on the marines, but it was reported that two of the attackers were killed. The attackers reportedly used weapons that are supposed to be exclusive to the Mexican Army, such as automatic rifles, grenades and munitions.

The Marines reportedly confiscated four tons of marijuana. Hundreds of people have already fled their homes to escape the military operations, which would include house-to-house searches and are known to turn violent.

The marines have also seized the family ranch of Aureliano Guzman, Guzman's mother. The nephew of one of Guzman's most trusted associates, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was killed earlier this month by a Mexican marine.

More than 14 people were reported to have been killed in Sinaloa recently in the operations between security officials, Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel and other drug gangs. The Mexican authorities believe that the elusive Guzman is hiding somewhere in the Sinaloa state. 

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