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Fugitive Drug Lord's Son Might Have Tweeted His Father's Location

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Fugitive drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has eluded authorities since his escape from a Mexican prison in July, but his son might have tweeted out a clue.

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On August 31, Guzman's son, Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, tweeted a photo of himself sitting with his father and other unidentified men at a restaurant. Although the photo gives few details, and even obscures most of the faces with emoticons (Guzmán's mustache can be seen on the left), the tweet was geotagged Costa Rica.

Whether or not this was a blunder by the 29-year old drug lord's son or an intentional misdirection remains unclear.

"One of the most intelligent traffickers has been Chapo," said Phil Jordan, a former DEA official. "His son is not the brightest star on the Christmas tree. The best recorded intelligence on the son is that he doesn't have his father's intelligence. But I caution this could be a diversion to throw off authorities."

It might not even be the country of Costa Rica, but the city of the same name in Guzmán's home state of Sinaloa. "We believe the Costa Rica they're talking about is not in our country but a town in Mexico," Marco Monge, a spokesman for Costa Rica's Office of Judicial Investigation, told CNN. "There are no current investigations or operations targeting Mr. Guzmán in Costa Rica."

Last month, Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the DEA told reporters that he believed Guzmán was still in Mexico, but said it was an "educated guess."

Mexican authorities have a $3.8 million reward for Guzman, according to the AP, after his escape from the "Atiplano" prison.


Authorities examine the tunnel Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman used to escape from the Altiplano prison (Photo courtesy of AP)
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