LA TUNA, Mexico, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Dozens of Mexican Navy marines recently seized La Tuna, the hometown of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, where several deaths have been reported.
The Mexican Navy arrived in La Tuna, a small town in northwest Mexico, on Monday, stopping all travel in and out of the town for several days, Ríodoce reports. An anonymous government source said there have been no arrests and did not reveal details other than "there are dead."
The marines also seized the ranch of Guzman's brother, Aureliano. Guzman's mother, Consuelo Loera, and various family members live in La Tuna.
On July 11, Guzman escaped from a Mexican maximum security prison for the second time using a mile-long tunnel, which could have taken a year to build.
El Chapo" -- meaning "The Short One" or "shorty" -- so dubbed because of his 5-foot-6-inch frame, was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and then extradited to Mexico to face murder and drug trafficking charges. He escaped from prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart after bribing prison guards, and was re-captured in February 2014.
In October, an unedited leaked video of Guzman's escape shed further light on the suspicious circumstances surrounding the prison break.
Mexican television channel Televisa broadcast the CCTV footage of Guzman's escape, the longer version of a video authorities previously released but without sound and only showing the moments before Guzman disappeared.