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Timeline: Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Key dates in the career of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who escaped from Mexico's top security prison, leading to an international manhunt Sunday.

April 4, 1957: Guzman born in the Sinaloa state mountain town of Badiraguato, according to Interpol. Some other agencies have him born in 1954.

1970s-1980s: Rises through the ranks of the powerful Guadalajara Cartel led by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo.

1989: Felix Gallardo's arrest leads to split in his cartel. Guzman and associates take over a faction that evolves into the Sinaloa Cartel.

May 24, 1993: Gunmen kill Mexican cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo in the Guadalajara airport. Prosecutors say the Tijuana drug cartel, another offshoot of the Guadalajara Cartel, mistook him for Guzman in a bungled assassination attempt.

June 10, 1993: Mexican authorities announce Guzman's capture in Guatemala.

1995: Guzman is convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jan 19, 2001: Guzman escapes from one of Mexico's two top-security prisons, in Jalisco state, allegedly in a laundry cart.

2007: Still a fugitive, Guzman marries beauty queen Emma Coronel in Sinaloa in a well-attended event.

2009: Forbes magazine names Guzman to list of "World's Most Powerful People," says he's a billionaire.

2012: Mexican federal police nearly capture Guzman in a coastal mansion in Los Cabos, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with dozens of other foreign ministers in the same resort town.

Feb. 22, 2014: Mexican marines captured Guzman in a condo in Mazatlan after he eluded them for days through tunnels in Culiacan.

July 11, 2015: Guzman escapes from the country's top-security prison in Mexico State through a mile-long tunnel.

[Source: Chicago Tribune, 13Jul15]

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