Mexican drug lord Guzman made second jailbreak

Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficker, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time over the weekend.

Sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday, when he was last captured by surveillance cameras, the convict escaped his cell via a tunnel leading to a construction site some 1,500 meters outside the facility.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said “he was last seen in the area for special treatments in hallway number 2, room 20, where he was attended” around 8 p.m.
(Soundbite) Monte Alejandro Rubido, National Security Commissioner
“A red alert was issued when personnel became aware of Guzman Loera’s absence. Immediately, the resident population was secured and all exit and entry of people suspended. At the same time, security around the prison was reinforced and the order given to set up checkpoints along the main access routes to neighboring towns, cities and states.”

Guzman, who was serving time at the Altiplano federal prison in central state of Mexico, was seen on video entering the showers at 8:52 p.m. local time.
After guards noticed his absence on the surveillance cameras, personnel checked his cell and saw it was empty.
In the shower area, prison officials uncovered an opening to a tunnel measuring 70 by 80 centimeters in width and over one meter in height, and some 1,500 meters in length. Inside the tunnel, they found PVC tubes, presumably used for ventilation and electric lighting, as well as canisters of fuel and wood.
(Soundbite) Monte Alejandro Rubido, National Security Commissioner
“It’s worth mentioning that all these actions were undertaken in a coordinated manner by the agencies that comprise the government’s security cabinet, the same agencies that will continue the operation to locate the escapee.”

The head of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel has escaped from a maximum security facility before, breaking out of the western state of Jalisco’s Puente Grande Prison in 2001 reportedly hidden inside a laundry cart.
He was recaptured in February 2014 at an apartment in Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Mazatlan, evading an extradition request from the United States, which once offered a five million U.S. dollar reward for the drug lord.
(Soundbite) Monte Alejandro Rubido, National Security Commissioner
“As National Security Commissioner, I went to the Altiplano Prison, accompanied by the head of the Assistant Attorney General’s Office (PGR) for Special Investigations on Organized Crime (SEIDO) Felipe de Jesus Munoz, so the PGR can take over to begin the related investigations. And as such, the staff that was on duty cannot leave the prison, and the shift that follows will not be able to get in.”

Initially 18 prison guards were taken to SEIDO’s headquarters in Mexico City for questioning.
Guzman’s second showy escape from prison was an embarrassment for Mexico’s government, which made much of his recapture in 2014 and pledged he would never be allowed to escape again.

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