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Mexico sells three of El Chapo’s homes, including one with a secret underground tunnel

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The Mexican government came up short when it was only able to find buyers for three of the six homes it confiscated from Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán.

The houses in Culiacán, Sinaloa, have a total estimated value of 19,430,000 Mexican pesos, or about $1,000,000. 

However, the Administration of Property and Disposal Service [SAE], which oversaw the sale, only fetched $226,000 at the auction Sunday in Mexico City.

According to Mexican outlet AM, an unnamed bidder paid $107,531 for one of the many houses El Chapo hid in after he escaped from prison in 2001.

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Mexico was able to get $107,531 at an auction sale Sunday for a home (pictured) in Culiacán, Sinaloa, where El Chapo was hiding February 2014. He escaped through an underground tunnel built underneath a bathtub but was captured a week later

Mexico was able to get $107,531 at an auction sale Sunday for a home (pictured) in Culiacán, Sinaloa, where El Chapo was hiding February 2014. He escaped through an underground tunnel built underneath a bathtub but was captured a week later

Mexico was able to get $107,531 at an auction sale Sunday for a home (pictured) in Culiacán, Sinaloa, where El Chapo was hiding February 2014. He escaped through an underground tunnel built underneath a bathtub but was captured a week later

Bidders in Mexico City paid a total of  $226,000 for three of the six homes that once belonged to Joaquín ' El Chapo ' Guzmán

Bidders in Mexico City paid a total of  $226,000 for three of the six homes that once belonged to Joaquín ' El Chapo ' Guzmán

Bidders in Mexico City paid a total of  $226,000 for three of the six homes that once belonged to Joaquín ‘ El Chapo ‘ Guzmán

Guzmán was there the early morning of February 17, 2014, when the Mexican military attempted to barge through the steel-enforced front door to arrest the drug lord while he was sleeping.

But the co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel was able to escape from the two-story property down a tunnel which was concealed under a bathtub.

The underground passageway connected the residence to two other homes in the vicinity. 

Guzmán later emerged out of an drainage system manhole with one of his henchmen, and was able to evade capture for another week before being tracked down to a hotel. 

A second buyer dished out $64,878 for a simple-looking home during the auction which was held at Los Pinos, a mansion nestled on an edge of the capital’s Chapultepec Park, that once served as the presidential home before President Andrés Manuel López Obrador turned the once heavily guarded compound into an open cultural center.

A third home where El Chapo sought refuge was sold for $55,709.

The Mexican government fell short of selling six homes it confiscated from El Chapo, but did manage to receive a successful bid of $64,589 for a single-story home in Sinaloa

The Mexican government fell short of selling six homes it confiscated from El Chapo, but did manage to receive a successful bid of $64,589 for a single-story home in Sinaloa

The Mexican government fell short of selling six homes it confiscated from El Chapo, but did manage to receive a successful bid of $64,589 for a single-story home in Sinaloa  

After escaping from prison in September 2001, El Chapo moved around six houses in Culiacán, Sinaloa, that were connected by a complex underground tunnel system. On Sunday, the Mexican government sold three of the former cartel boss' six homes, including the one pictured above that fetched $55,725

After escaping from prison in September 2001, El Chapo moved around six houses in Culiacán, Sinaloa, that were connected by a complex underground tunnel system. On Sunday, the Mexican government sold three of the former cartel boss' six homes, including the one pictured above that fetched $55,725

After escaping from prison in September 2001, El Chapo moved around six houses in Culiacán, Sinaloa, that were connected by a complex underground tunnel system. On Sunday, the Mexican government sold three of the former cartel boss’ six homes, including the one pictured above that fetched $55,725

The Mexican government was unsuccessful in finding a lucky bidder for the most expensive home that El Chapo purchased for Griselda López, the mother of his son Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted by the United States.

The lavish three-story house is valued at $587,000, and features multiple bedrooms and an outdoor backyard pool. 

An attempt to capture Guzmán López at another home last month was fumbled by the Mexican government in an operation that left at least 13 people dead.

The Mexican government was unable to attract a bidder for a property Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán purchased for the mother of his son Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted by the United States. The home was one of three that did not sell and is  valued at $587,000

The Mexican government was unable to attract a bidder for a property Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán purchased for the mother of his son Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted by the United States. The home was one of three that did not sell and is  valued at $587,000

The Mexican government was unable to attract a bidder for a property Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán purchased for the mother of his son Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted by the United States. The home was one of three that did not sell and is  valued at $587,000

The three-story luxury home where El Chapo's fugitive son, Ovidio Guzmán López, once lived features an outdoor swimming pool. The house is valued at $587,000

The three-story luxury home where El Chapo's fugitive son, Ovidio Guzmán López, once lived features an outdoor swimming pool. The house is valued at $587,000

The three-story luxury home where El Chapo’s fugitive son, Ovidio Guzmán López, once lived features an outdoor swimming pool. The house is valued at $587,000

A fully furnished, three-story home that was bought by El Chapo for $587,000 was put up for auction by the Mexican government but not one placed a bid on it

A fully furnished, three-story home that was bought by El Chapo for $587,000 was put up for auction by the Mexican government but not one placed a bid on it

A fully furnished, three-story home that was bought by El Chapo for $587,000 was put up for auction by the Mexican government but not one placed a bid on it

The Administration of Property and Disposal Service was hoping to generate at least $1.8 million through the auction that listed several other homes, vehicles and jewelry items that were seized from some of the country’s most notorious drug dealers. 

All monies secured through from the sale of El Chapo’s estate Sunday will be donated to a local children’s musical program in the southeastern state of Oaxaca.

A May auction raised $1.5 million for the poor communities of Oaxaca after the government sold off 82 vehicles that were once owned by ruthless drug lords.

A second auction in June generated $2.6 million through the sale of several mansions belonging to some of Mexico’s worst capos and tax cheats.

A February 2014 raid at a home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, led the military to an elaborate tunnel system that was built beneath a bathtub. Pictured above is one of the bathrooms inside a home valued at $127,700 and did not receive a successful bid

A February 2014 raid at a home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, led the military to an elaborate tunnel system that was built beneath a bathtub. Pictured above is one of the bathrooms inside a home valued at $127,700 and did not receive a successful bid

A February 2014 raid at a home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, led the military to an elaborate tunnel system that was built beneath a bathtub. Pictured above is one of the bathrooms inside a home valued at $127,700 and did not receive a successful bid

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A man was in the grip of drug-induced psychosis and thought people were “out to get him” when he flooded a Melbourne hotel with more than 400,000 litres of water.

Bradley Vogt was found by firefighters with a mop in his hand after he opened all the fire hydrants between level one and 18 of the Experience Bella Hotel in May 2018, causing an estimated $1.5 million damage.

At his pre-sentence hearing in the County Court on Monday, his lawyer Shane Gardner said the 28-year-old was high on ice and “labouring under a view that people were out to get him” at the time.

Mr Gardner relied upon the account of firefighter Tim Erikson, who found Vogt in the fire escape of level 10 with a mop in his hand, attempting to soak up the ankle-deep water.

“He said he had to do it, he had to turn them on, because they were out of jail and they were after him,” Mr Erikson told an earlier court hearing.

The firefighter recounted Vogt appeared drug-affected and paranoid, rambling “it’s not safe, they’re after me, they’re out of jail”.

Vogt, who was a guest of the hotel, was told to head downstairs but firefighters later found him on level eight lying in the fire escape, mop still in hand, with water washing over him.

Mr Gardner said his client had no concept of the damage he would cause and thought he would be able to mop it up.

“Even though it’s a futile exercise – he’s sitting there with a mop,” the lawyer said.

“It’s a bizarre scenario.”

Vogt was taken to the manager’s office but when police tried to talk to him, he lashed out violently.

He was sedated and taken to hospital, where he stayed for three days.

A bag containing 1.4 grams of methamphetamine and an ice pipe were found after Vogt left the manager’s office, and another 7.2g was later found in his underwear.

Vogt has pleaded guilty to intentionally causing damage, resisting an emergency worker and possessing a drug of dependence.

Mr Gardner said his client had been a drug user since the age of 15 but considered the event a “wake-up call”.

Prosecutor Craig McConaghy said the incident was an “extreme example of the mischief that occurs” when people take drugs and said the consequences “could have been deadly”.

Vogt will be sentenced by Judge Martine Marich on December 19.

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