Mexico’s Army refused to arrest two of convicted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán sons following an alert from the DEA that they had their location, according to leaked documents reported by Mexican media.
The email exchange happened three years before a disastrous operation to capture another of Chapo’s sons in Sinaloa, Culiacán.
In March 2016, DEA agent Mathew A. Emrich sent an email to an unnamed Mexican Army captain in Sinaloa that said that the Drug Enforcement Administration had information about the whereabouts of Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Joaquín Guzmán López, according to a series of official documents leaked by a hacker group and reported by the respected weekly Sinaloa news magazine, Ríodoce.
Los Chapitos (as the brothers are collectively known) Ovidio, Iván and Joaquín are major targets for U.S. and Mexican law enforcement. Last year, the U.S. government offered a $5 million reward to anyone with information that could lead to the capture of any of the three men.
Emrich told the captain, who was based in the beach city of Mazatlán, that the DEA had learned that Iván and Joaquín Guzmán would be traveling to Mazatlán in the next couple of days.
“It is possible that tomorrow we will get all the information about the trip along with numbers. If we get that info, would you be able to have a team to provide surveillance on the ground?” Emrich wrote in flawed Spanish.