After a lifetime of service to his country, Jack Riley sat in his corner office overlooking the Pentagon planning a retirement playing golf. As number two in America’s Drug Enforcement Administration, he had led the most successful operations in the agency’s history. The target of his obsessions were either dead or safely put away. But then in July 2015, Riley’s nemesis, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped. While being held in Mexico’s supposed maximum security Altiplano prison, the leader of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel – the world’s biggest drug-trafficking organisation – fled through a mile-long tunnel built under his cell before riding away to freedom on a makeshift motorbike. “I was going to retire until this d*** escaped,” Riley said. Chapo had been his white whale, the object of an infatuation that sidelined everything else, including his family. “I love my wife and kid, but I was never home for dinner,” said Riley. What followed was a very personal four-year mission that this week ended with Chapo being put behind bars on US soil for life – and Riley finally retired. After a three-month trial in New York, jurors found the Mexican guilty on all 10 charges after six days of… Read full this story
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