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Mexico distributes photos, erects checkpoints in search for escaped drug lord


Federal Police man their weapons aboard a pick up truck, near the half-built house where drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman made his escape through a tunnel from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2015. The Altiplano prison can be seen in the background. A widespread manhunt that included highway checkpoints, stepped up border security and closure of an international airport failed to turn up any trace of "El Chapo" Guzman by Monday, more than 24 hours after he escaped through an underground tunnel in his cell. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) (The Associated Press)

Mexico's interior ministry says it has distributed 100,000 photographs of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to highway toll booths around the country since his weekend escape from a maximum security prison.

In a statement Wednesday, the ministry outlined actions taken in search of Guzman:

It says 10,000 agents of various components of the federal police remain on high alert across Mexico and authorities have established 101 checkpoints on major highways throughout the country

Hospitals, hotels and funeral homes are being checked. Forty-eight canine teams are searching passenger and cargo vehicles. Airports are on alert, closely reviewing passengers on private planes.

Guzman is once again Mexico's most wanted criminal since he escaped late Saturday through a mile-long tunnel dug to come up under the shower of his prison cell.