Mex­i­can drug lord es­capes again

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mexico mounted an all-out man­hunt Sun­day for its most pow­er­ful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man, who es­caped from a max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison through a 1.5-kilo­me­tre (one mile) tun­nel from a small open­ing in the shower area of his cell, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial.

The elab­o­rate un­der­ground es­cape route, 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.

If Guz­man is not cap­tured im­me­di­ately, the drug lord will likely be back in full com­mand and con­trol of the Si­naloa car­tel in 48 hours, said Michael S. Vigil, a re­tired U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion chief of in­ter­na­tional oper­a­tions.

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


Fed­eral po­lice guard a drainage pipe out­side of the Alti­plano max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison in Al­moloya, west of Mexico City, Sun­day af­ter Mexico’s most pow­er­ful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man es­caped.

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