Fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is suffering from injuries to his leg and face as he continues to elude Mexican authorities.
The Mexican government confirmed Guzman’s injuries early Saturday after NBC News reported he had been hurt during a near-miss last week.
Mexican Marines zeroed in 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.
In the course of his “hasty escape,” Guzman suffered injuries to “one leg and his face,” according to the National Security Cabinet.