Mexican Escape of Drug Lord “El Chapo” Guzman Called “Insult” To U.S.


Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a 1 mile tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the Associated Press reports. Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year — slipped out of a maximum security prison for the second time. Eighteen prison employees have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Sunday. A manhunt began immediately for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U.S. border with Mexico. Guzman was last seen about 9 p.m. Saturday in the shower area of the Altiplano prison. Guzman’s escape is an embarrassment to the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which has received plaudits for its aggressive approach to top drug lords. Since the government took office in late 2012, Mexican authorities have nabbed or killed six of them, including Guzman

. Guzman was caught by authorities for the first time in Guatemala in 1993, extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug-trafficking related charges. He escaped from Puente Grande, another Mexican maximum-security prison in western Jalisco state, in 2001 with the help of prison guards. He was re-captured in February 2014 after eluding authorities for days across his home state of Sinaloa, for which the cartel is named. Guzman faces multiple U.S. drug trafficking indictments as well as Mexico, and was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list. “Our inability to get Mexico to extradite Chapo Guzmán, and indicted Tamaulipas Governors Tomas Yarrington and Eugenio Hernandez Flores, is an insult to the law enforcement and prosecutorial personnel who have worked for years to build criminal cases against these drug profiteers,” U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, told the Texas Tribune.

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