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Mexico officials: Top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes from prison for 2nd time.

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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City, following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Mexico’s security commission said in a statement late Saturday, July 11, 2015, the top drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison, the second time he has fled after being captured. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File) (The Associated Press)

Mexico's security commission says top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time.

It says in a statement late Saturday that Guzman, who headed the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, was last seen in the area of the Altiplano prison's showers.

The commission said a search operation was being set into motion in the surrounding area and flights have been suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary outside Mexico City.

Guzman has been in prison since February 2014.