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Did El Chapo Put a $100 Millon, Dead or Alive Bounty on Trump?

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    Sinaloa cartel drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 October 2015

Various websites have reported rumors that El Chapo is still infuriated by Donald Trump’s racist remarks against Mexicans and Mexico.

The world's most wanted and most dangerous drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is allegedly offering a US$100 million bounty for whoever delivers billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to him, dead or alive.

According to various websites, sources close to the drug trafficker say Guzman was infuriated by Trump's racist remarks against Mexicans.

"He was mad. He wants Donald Trump dead and will pay any amount of money to have Donald Trump's head," said an unnamed inmate, according to Most Extreme News.

Prior to his escape from high-security prison in July, El Chapo was a vocal opponent of the real estate and hotel and casino mogul with an unconfirmed Twitter account, attributed to Guzman, threatening Trump in September.

Despite the reported threats, Trump has continued to campaign, but, according to news reports, he has beefed up his security and now wears a bulletproof vest.

“We have officials all over the place, including right outside hanging out in trees,” Trump told reporters a few months ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.

According to various news outlets, including the Telegraph and the New York Post, Guzman seemed to be taunting authorities and threatening Trump while on the run.

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Guzman and his associates wasted no time criticizing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as a "coward" and reserved particular ire for Trump, who has accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals across the border into the United States.

The message warned Peña Nieto: ''And you @EPN, don't call me a delinquent because I give people work unlike you – you cowardly politician.”

El Chapo's son, Ivan Guzman, also tweeted a post riddled with obscenities, warning the billionaire businessman would be made to "swallow his words.”

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That post was followed immediately by another suggesting someone would be killed, although it was not clear if the post was referring to Trump.

Before his arrest in February 2014, El Chapo was widely considered the world's richest and most powerful drug trafficker.

After Guzman's escape, Trump said that it was time to build a wall between the two countries, and said that the drug trafficker's incredible escape proved the extent of corruption in Mexico.

Trump said to his audience, "Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with El Chapo ... Trump, however, would kick his ass!" To which El Chapo's lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo responded, “What is he going to do? Kick him around like a soccer ball?”

The entrepreneur’s poll numbers have risen over the past month in response to his controversial attacks of Mexican illegal immigrants as the cause of problems in the United States.

At first, Trump appeared to be unfazed by El Chapo's reported threats and was even quoted as saying, "El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner, sucking drugs and death right into the U.S. We get the killers, drugs and crime, they get the money."

However, more discreetly, Trump asked the FBI to investigate the alleged death threats made against him by El Chapo.

“Law enforcement is working very hard right now on the situation here,” he said, referring to the FBI’s investigation.

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Even Latino artist Pitbull told Trump to be careful. According to CNN, he told the billionaire, “To watch out for El Chapo!”

Recently, Mike Vigil, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operations chief, said if Guzman was not recaptured within two days of his escape he may never be found.

"If he is able to make his way to Sinaloa, his native state, and gets into that mountainous range, it's going to be very difficult to capture him because he enjoys the protection of local villagers," Vigil said.

Vigil's words may have come a bit too late, as a source close to Guzman who identified himself as Julio “El Tio” Martinez told teleSUR on various occasions that El Chapo arrived in Sinaloa immediately after his escape and, since then, has been in the mountainous range just north of that state's capital, Culiacan.

Last week, a second arrest warrant for El Chapo’s arrest to be extradited to the United States was issued. The outcome of this warrent is still unclear, as his lawyers have been able to block all orders against Guzman to be extradited to the U.S.

Unconfirmed El Chapo Twitter page: “Trump is an idiot.”

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