In villages nestled amid the jagged mountains where captured Mexican kingpin Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman was born, the drug trade that dominates the local economy is already breeding the next generation of smugglers and gunslingers. Guzman, recaptured Friday after a second escape from prison nearly six months ago, started life in the village of La Tuna high in the sierra of Mexico’s northwestern state of Sinaloa. Marijuana and the poppies used for opium have been grown here for decades, fueling the rise of successive dynasties of famous drug lords.
In these 2014 photos, Reuters photographer Daniel Becerril took a look inside some of the tunnels of drug kingpin Chapo, who was captured in Sinaloa Friday after a gun battle.
Reporting and photos by Reuters.