Mexico Officials: Top Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes From Prison for 2nd Time
Mexico Officials: Top Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes From Prison for 2nd Time
Mexican kingpin's home town stunned by 'bad ass' escape

Based on Reports Published between Sun Jul 12 08:42:52 2015 and Sun Jul 19 19:01:41 2015

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Information from Sun Jul 12 09:42:48 2015 :

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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. s security commission said in a statement late Saturday, July 11, 2015, the top drug lord Joaquin 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 CITY

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Information from Sun Jul 12 09:42:54 2015 :
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The National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly before 9 p. m. and wasn't seen for a while.

Upon checking his cell, authorities found it empty and a 20-by-20-inch (50-by-50 centimeter) hole near the shower.

A search operation began immediately in the surrounding area and highways.

Flights were also suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary in the State of Mexico, and civil aviation hangars were being searched.

Guzman was captured in February 2014 after more than a decade on the run.

He faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U. S. and was on the DEA's most-wanted list. Guzman had been caught previously in in 1993, extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking.

He escaped from another maximum security prison, Puente Grande in western Jalisco state, in 2001 with the help of prison guards.

The Sinaloa Cartel empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe and . The cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last several years. Sinaloa is believed now to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U. S. border with Mexico. s security commission said...

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Information from Sun Jul 12 10:43:11 2015 :
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It was difficult to believe that such an elaborate structure could have been built without the detection of authorities. A manhunt began immediately in the surrounding area and highways. Feb. 22, 2014: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File) Top Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman was initially Guatemala in 1993, extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking.

The Sinaloa Cartel empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe and Australia.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 12:43:13 2015 :
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Policemen inspect vehicles at a checkpoint outside the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, after drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escaped, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 12, 2015. Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman (C) is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City February 22, 2014. Policemen stand guard at a checkpoint outside the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, after drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escaped, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 12, 2015. A policeman inspects a passenger bus at a checkpoint outside the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, after drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escaped, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 12, 2015.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido was due to give a statement at 7 a. m., the interior ministry said. After he went out of view for a while, guards entered his cell the Altiplano prison in central Mexico to find it empty.

The commission did not go into further details, but Joaquin Lopez-Doriga, a news anchor for Mexico's main broadcaster Televisa, said on his website that early reports indicated Guzman had escaped through a tunnel, several kilometers long.

Security services called a meeting of their top officials, ordered a massive manhunt for El Chapo, or "Shorty", and shut down the airport in the nearby city of Toluca.

The latest breakout by El Chapo, or "Shorty", is a heavy blow to Pena Nieto, who came to office in 2012 vowing to end a cycle of drug gang violence that has killed more than 100,000 people since 2007.

Before his election victory, politicians in Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) mocked their conservative rivals for letting Guzman escape while they ran the country, saying it would not have happened on their watch.

When the news broke, Pena Nieto was en route to France, where he is due to land shortly.

The capo's escape could also strain relations with the United States, which wanted him extradited, said Alberto Islas, a security expert at consultancy Risk Evaluation.

"They were concerned about how dangerous he was, and they had a lack of confidence in the Mexican authorities to stop him operating from jail," he added.

Guzman became one of the world's top crime bosses, running the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States and fought vicious turf wars with other Mexican gangs.

In 2001, Guzman paid guards to help him slip out of the high security Puente Grande prison near the city of Guadalajara following a previous arrest in 1993. After eluding capture for 13 years, he was arrested in February 2014 in his home state of Sinaloa.

Government officials vowed Guzman would be recaptured, and security forces fanned out to search roads near the prison some 90 km (60 miles) west of the capital.

A senior law enforcement figure said Guzman's escape had disrupted plans for various security officials who were supposed to be accompanying Pena Nieto to France.

The opening led to a tunnel made of PVC pipe that had an adapted motorcycle engine likely used to transport the tools needed to drill the tunnel, he said.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 15:43:16 2015 :
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Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido tells a news conference Sunday that Guzman used an elaborate escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities. The elaborate, ventilated escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year to slip out of a maximum security prison for the second time.

Rubido says 18 employees from various part of the Altiplano prison 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Mexico City have been taken in for questioning.

Beneath a 50 cm by 50 cm gap in the shower area, guards found a ladder going down some 10 meters into the tunnel, which was about 1.7 meters high and 70-80 centimeters wide.

The flight of Guzman, whose exploits made him a legendary figure in villages scattered in the sierra where he grew up in northwestern Mexico, seriously undermines Pena Nieto's pledge to bring order to a country racked by years of gang violence. The breakout occurred in the State of Mexico, the home state of Pena Nieto, who took office in 2012 vowing to confront the cartels who have killed more than 100,000 people since 2007. When news of Guzman's getaway broke, the Mexican president was en route to France, where he has just landed. MEXICO CITY Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from high security prison in a tunnel built under his cell, the government said, his second jailbreak in 15 years and a major embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The kingpin slipped out of the prison through a tunnel more than 1.5 km (1 mile) long which led to a building site in the local town, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told a news conference on Sunday.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 15:43:25 2015 :
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A manhunt remains under way for Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. The organization has an international reach and is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U. S. border with . Associated Press journalists near the Altiplano saw the roads were being heavily patrolled by Federal Police with numerous checkpoints and a Blackhawk helicopter flying overhead.

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Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman used a tunnel opening from the shower area inside to escape a maximum security prison for a second time.

Monte Alejandro Rubido, the head of Mexico's National Security Commission, said today Guzman escaped from a prison outside Mexico City shortly before 9 p. m. was arrested in February last year. When guards noticed Guzman could no longer be seen on the prison's surveillance system, they checked his cell only to find an opening in the shower area, said Rubido. Prior to his arrest, Guzman was on the run for over 10 years after he escaped from another Mexican maximum security prison with help from prison guards in 2001. Guzman had been a long-wanted figure by the .

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



Information from Sun Jul 12 16:43:29 2015 :
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City have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a news conference without answering questions.

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.

Since the government took office in late 2012, Mexican authorities have nabbed or killed six of them, including Guzman. Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U. S. as well as Mexico, and was on the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration's most-wanted list.

After Guzman was arrested on Feb. 22, 2014, the U. S. said it would file an extradition request, though it's not clear if that happened. The Mexican government at the time vehemently denied the need to extradite Guzman, even as many expressed fears he would escape as he did in 2001 while serving a 20-year sentence in the country's other top-security prison, Puente Grande, in the western state of Jalisco. Former Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told the AP earlier this year that the U. S. would get Guzman in "about 300 or 400 years" after he served time for all his crimes in Mexico. Murillo Karam said sending Guzman to the United States would save Mexico a lot of money, but keeping him was a question of national sovereignty. slip out of one of the country's most secure penitentiaries for the second time. Saturday in the shower area of his cell, according to a statement from the National Security Commission. After a time, he was lost by the prison's security camera surveillance network. That risk "does not exist," Murillo Karam said.

According to Rubido, the tunnel terminated in a house under construction in a neighborhood near the prison.

Guzman dropped by ladder into a hole 10 meters (yards) deep that connected with a tunnel about 1.7 meters (yards) high that was fully ventilated.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 17:43:38 2015 :
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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is no stranger to giving the federales the slip.

In 2001, the drug lord bribed his way out of the slammer after eight years behind bars. The former head of the notorious Sinaloa Drug Cartel was recaptured last year, but didn't stay long. "At this time, 18 individuals from different areas of the prison are being transferred to Mexico City for questioning."

Guzman once made Forbes' list of billionaires and is also wanted by the United States.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 17:43:40 2015 :
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A manhunt remains underway for , head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

If Guzman is not caught immediately, the drug lord will likely be back in full command and control of the Sinaloa Cartel in 48 hours, said Michael S. Vigil, a retired U. S. "I don't think they took into account the cunning of Chapo Guzman and the unlimited resources he has. MEXICO CITY Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell, and heaping embarrassment on President Enrique Pena Nieto. Prison workers were quickly detained over the escape. The breakout happened in the State of Mexico, the home state of Pena Nieto, who took office in 2012 vowing to confront cartel violence that has killed more than 100,000 people since 2007.

He did not comment on why authorities had apparently failed to notice a massive tunnel being built under the prison.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 18:43:43 2015 :
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A crime-fighting group in Illinois says that Joaquin Guzman's escape from a Mexican prison means the man known as "El Chapo" will regain his title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. The only other time the Chicago Crime Commission applied that label was to gangster If Guzman isn't caught within 48 hours, Vigil says "We may never find him again." They applied it to Guzman in 2013 to highlight how his Sinaloa cartel dominates Chicago's narcotics trade.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 20:43:42 2015 :
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1980s: Rises through the ranks of the powerful Guadalajara Cartel led by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. 1989: Felix Gallardo's arrest leads to split in his cartel.

Guzman and associates take over a faction that evolves into the Sinaloa Cartel. May 24, 1993: Gunmen kill Mexican cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo in the Guadalajara airport. Prosecutors say the Tijuana drug cartel, another offshoot of the Guadalajara Cartel, mistook him for Guzman in a bungled assassination attempt.

June 10, 1993: Mexican authorities announce Guzman's capture in Guatemala.

1995: Guzman is convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

2007: Still a fugitive, Guzman marries beauty queen Emma Coronel in Sinaloa in a well-attended event. 2012: Mexican federal police nearly capture Guzman in a coastal mansion in Los Cabos, a day after U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with dozens of other foreign ministers in the same resort town.

Feb. 22, 2014: Mexican marines captured Guzman in a condo in Mazatlan after he eluded them for days through tunnels in Culiacan.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 22:43:52 2015 :
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In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico "This represents without a doubt an affront to the Mexican state," said President Enrique Pena Nieto, speaking during a previously scheduled trip to France. "But I also have confidence in the institutions of the Mexican state ... that they have the strength and determination to recapture this criminal."

"All the accolades that Mexico has received in their counterdrug efforts will be erased by this one event."

Guatemala's Interior Ministry said a special task force of police and soldiers were watching Mexico's southern border for any sign of fugitive drug lord.

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Information from Mon Jul 13 02:44:27 2015 :
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It's unclear exactly how he had escaped, but he did receive help from prison guards who were prosecuted and convicted.

PHOTO: Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo Guzman" is shown at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, outskirts of Mexico City, July 10, 1993.

The Sinaloa cartel allegedly uses elaborate tunnels for drug trafficking and has been estimated to be responsible for 25 percent of all illegal drugs that enter the U. S. through Mexico. Guzman has also long been ranked among the richest men in the world by Forbes. Drug enforcement experts have conservatively estimated the cartel's revenues at more than $3 billion annually.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has seized on the dramatic prison escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to add to his recent criticism of Mexico.

The tweet from his official site @realDonaldTrump on Sunday pointed to the escape as a reminder of problems he was referring to when he said that many Mexican migrants bring drugs and crime to the United States. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!" Some Republican leaders who hope to make inroads with Hispanic voters in the U. S. have urged him to tone down his criticism of Mexican immigrants, to no avail.

U. S. authorities didn't immediately comment Sunday on Guzman's escape, says Mexican authorities will face tremendous criticism."

Guatemala's Interior Ministry says a special task force of police and soldiers is watching the border with Mexico for any sign of fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman.

It says the force is working in cooperation with Mexico to hunt for the man known as "El Chapo."

He'd been Mexico's most-wanted man before his arrest last year.

He fled to Guatemala at least once before and had an earlier arrest there in 1993.

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