Published On: Sun, Jul 12th, 2015

Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Does it Again

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Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country’s top security official announced on Sunday, July 12th 2015.

The elaborate, ventilated escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country’s most secure penitentiaries for the second time.

Eighteen employees from various part of the Altiplano prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a news conference without answering questions.

The Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Toluca, Mexico, which Joaquin Guzman escaped. (Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images)

The Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Toluca, Mexico, which Joaquin Guzman escaped. (Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images)

A search operation began immediately in the surrounding area and highways. Flights were also suspended at Toluca airport, near the prison.

Guzmán was captured in February 2014 after more than a decade on the run. He was listed as 56 years old at the time, though there are varying dates for his birth. He faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the US and was on the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.

During his time as a fugitive, Guzmán transformed himself from a middling Mexican boss into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His fortune grew to be estimated at more than $1bn (£650m), according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the world’s most powerful people and ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela.

 

Monte Alejandro Rubido, Mexico’s security commissioner, said Guzman was last seen around 8 p.m., when he reported for medicine. Then he headed off to the showers. After a time, when he never reappeared, the alert was sounded and he couldn’t be found.

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Joaquin Guzmán Loera detained on February 2014. (Image: Google)

This is something that had been cooking for months,” security expert and former government intelligence officer Alejandro Hope said in a television interview. “It shows the weakness of the entire chain of [Mexico’s] judicial system.”

The U.S. had offered more than $5 million USD for his capture.

 

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  1. Marco Cot says:

    I have never been in a Mexican Jail but I hear they are just like Mexico, if you have money you can have anything.

  2. Irving says:

    Chapoo.. u can run right to adx supermax in florence colorado.. They have a cell ready for your lame ass there.

  3. DONALD2015 says:

    DONAlLD Trump was right all along…….Mexicans can’t even manage a maximum prison….what a shame

  4. Lloyd says:

    He’ll just tunnel across the border so he can do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do…..

  5. david gomez says:

    mexico is a piece of shit country that cannot regulate anything. If all these mexicans are so proud of their country then go stay there and don’t come moving back to the US when the whole country is going through drug wars again. Next time the US plays Mexico in soccer in the US, try to show some support to America this time and not the country you escaped from because they didn’t provide safety for you. If mexico was so great, then people wouldn’t come here. Obama, lock the borders and let mexico deal with their own problems. I am so sick of their bullshit.

    • Vicente Gillermo Calhoun says:

      Gomez,
      Amigo I think you have a serious error in your thinking… Mexico is a big success! They can come here anytime they want, live in a sanctuary city, take what they want, get a cash handout from the government, and grow marajuana in our national forests, stealing water to do it! No Mexico is a successm they can play the United States like a fiddle! We’re to stup[id and kind to defend ourselves, and our politicians are too PC and weak to do anything to seal the border. Adios America!

    • Alexis says:

      Very good points. Everyone’s tired of Mexico.

    • Vidyaranya says:

      Hi mate! Promise me that you guys don’t get angry. Everyone in this part of the continent is an outsider right? Why it has made so much of difference just a few hundred miles apart? I wonder. After all, only the other day, they were all your cousins. Right?

    • Katina says:

      Your country is a piece of shit too…..im mexican and NEVER in my life would go to your country ?not even for vacation….im afraid some LEGAL TERRORIST could kill me while im on a plane …..not only mexican people cross the border..
      CHAPO loves your country becouse YOU ARE CLIENT NUMBER ONE

  6. Victor says:

    Let me guess Mr Gomez… Your parents are from Mexico, but you’re from Spain?

  7. Anne Miele says:

    Its not about mexican security problems,its about Money, any prison in world with this type of high-valuable persons inside,are potentially able to have the same problems.
    I respect all other comments but time of racism is gone.

  8. Anton Sanchez says:

    There is very little difference between Mexico and the U.S. when it comes to corruption. The entire congress is taking money and helping big Corporations make millions on the backs of the rest of us. Mexico, corrupt ? You better look around and see who’s REALLY corrupt.
    The people from Mexico who came here are looking for work ! To support their families. Legalize them and let them pay taxes. Deport the bad ones, just like you lock up the other bad ones. Just don’t be a hypocrite. We’re just as corrupt as Mexico, we just hide it in the Republican Party.

  9. Danny says:

    I wonder if IMSS came after El Chapo for insurance for the workers building his tunnel? Officials come out asking for building permits to put a pool in your home….. but, no officials were aware that a one mile tunnel with ventilation and lighting, was being built under a max security prison???

  10. Oscar Olszewski says:

    We the citizens of the United States cannot conveniently forget a recent escape just 3 weeks ago committed by 2 convicted murderers in New York.

    Before we start suggesting that Mexicans as corruptible, apathetic, and ignorant, just look up all the prison escapes that have transpired here….because we have an alarming supply of that right here under our own noses.

    Put some faith and belief in the resolve…after all, the capture was a reality, and Guzman’s resources have been discovered and deprived. Remember what happened to the 2 escapees in New York last week…and that can happen in Mexico, too….and I believe it will!

  11. Brad says:

    just because his last names Gomez fucking americans are so racist leave him the hell alone and get a life

  12. Teddro says:

    Mighty fine tunnel that sucker built;
    Sorry, your not building all our cars;
    Please all Catholics; leave a small donation! And join in!

  13. rick tkalcic says:

    YES ITS HARD TO KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I THINK THEY HAD A GOOD PLAN THIS TIME. GOOD LUCK TRYING TO CATCH HIM

  14. rick tkalcic says:

    I LIKE BRADS MESSAGE AND ANTONS AS WELL YES LEAVE MEXICANS ALONE THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE YES JUST TRYING TO SUPPORT THERE FAMILYS BUT PLEASE GET RID OF THE HINDUS IN THE WORLD LOW LIFE FUCKING SKUMS

    • Vidyaranya says:

      Dear friend! Angry? I am on a short visit on some compulsion (not by choice)& getting back by month end. Lets be friends for gods sake. We are all visitors, right? Ever bothered to know where you have come from? I actually mean WHY? Keep asking every day; day in & day out – until you get the answer. I promise you, its a worthy try.

  15. RICK says:

    TO DAVIDS MESSAGE YES ITS THE AMERICANS THAT KEEP BUYING THESE DRUGS . YOU ARE NOT VERY SMART PLUSE THE GOVERMENT IS INVOLED HERE TOO . ARE YOU THAT STUPID YOUR GOVERMENT AS WELL AS MINE IN CANADA ARE ALL CORUPT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM . YES WAKE UP MISTER

  16. rick tkalcic says:

    I HAVE BEEN TO MEXICO A FEW TIMES I FELT BETTER IN MEXICO THEN IN CANADA AND POEPLE THERE ARE AMAZINGLY FREINDLY AND FOR CRIME YOU ONLY HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER COUNTRYS HAVING PROBLEMS HERE IN CANADA THERE IS 30 SHOOTINGS IN ONE MONTH AND ALL THE CRIME IS SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET THEY DONT TELL THE REAL TRUTH . YES ALL THESE SHOOTINGS POLICE SAY ITS LOW LEVEL DRUG DEALERS WHAT DO THE BIG DRUG DEALERS HAVE ATOMIC BOMBS HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YES WE ARE CORUPT

  17. Beryl Gorbman says:

    They should put together an international prison for high-risk inmates like Guzman. It could be in Sweden or Japan or Malta, or wherever, with a multinational staff.

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