El Chapo: Feds Offer $5 Million Reward For Cartel Boss

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El Chapo made news last month for his spectacular escape from a high-security Mexican prison by making it through a mile-long tunnel to freedom.

On Wednesday, federal authorities announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the notorious Sinaloa cartel boss.

In connection with the award, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration set up a toll-free tip line for the public to report information that may help bring Guzman to justice.

The tip line in the U.S. is 844-692-4101. Callers outside the U.S. should dial 001-844-692-4101. Tips can also be emailed to chapotips@usdoj.gov.

A new wanted poster circulating names El Chapo as a top international fugitive.

Guzman "has destroyed lives and communities throughout the United States and Mexico and his capture is a high priority for the DEA," acting Commissioner Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement. "His escape poses a danger to the safety and security of both our countries."

El Chapo is facing federal charges in several courts in the United States.

Last month's prison break on July 11, in which Guzman escaped through an elaborate tunnel that had been dug under the shower stall in his cell at the Altiplano federal prison near Mexico City, was not the first for the wanted man. In 2001, El Chapo escaped, but was arrested in the Mexican seaside town of Mazatlan in February 2014, after more than a decade on the run.

Pam Wright