Mexico: Drug lord ‘El Guapo’ Guzman escapes through tunnel

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, Mexico’s top security official announced Sunday.

With the elaborate escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities, 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 employees from various part of the Altiplano prison 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Mexico City have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a news conference Sunday.

A manhunt began immediately late Saturday for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which has an international reach and is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U.S. border with Mexico.

  • Blacksmith

    Corruption in mehico? say it isn’t so…..

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m shocked!
    I’m shocked that a Mexican drug lord could escape from a Mexican prison, twice.
    I’m doubly shocked!

  • BillyHW

    Isn’t it about time that Mexicans contributed something positive to humanity?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      You mean 14-year-old hookers aren’t a positive contribution?
      Every time I think that Mexicao cannot slip any lower into the cesspit of humanity, they prove me wrong.

      • BillyHW

        Latin America is the Catholic Church’s greatest embarrassment.

        • Alain

          Nah, I think this pope beats them.

  • mauser 98

    tunnel? a diversion , excuse.. he got a limo ride out the front gate

  • Norman_In_New_York

    And when the prison employees were brought in for questioning, the first question was, “Hey schmucks, haven’t you ever heard of Donald Trump?”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    He should escape to San Francisco. Their generous “sanctuary” policies should allow him to remain free forever.

  • Everyone Else

    All he would have needed is a cell phone hidden in his shower stall. Tunnelers from the outside could have used that as a target for aiming the tunnel. Guzman has tons of money, so paying for the tunnel would have been easy. Apparently the tunnel was 30 ft below the surface, so there’s no way it could have been detected.