Mexican Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ in Brazen Prison Break
Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman better known as ‘’El Chapo’’ has escaped from a maximum security prison. According to government officials, the renowned kingpin escaped through a 1.5 kilometer tunnel marking his second jail break in 14 years.
Official reports indicate that Mr. Guzman managed to successfully escape without being noticed on Sunday through an elaborate tunnel that opened into the shower of his prison cell. El chapo was being held at the Altiplano prison in Central Mexico.
With the brazen escape, the head of one of the world’s most powerful and dreaded cartels, Sinaloa Cartel has proven wrong the Mexican authorities who promised that such an incident would never happen after they re-captured him last year.
Giving a statement on the escape, Mexican President Enrique Nieto said that he wanted a full investigation on the jail break to establish whether any public officials was involved in the escape of the kingpin.
The President was on a flight to France when the news of Guzman’s escape broke on Sunday night. In a statement released through Mexican local TV, Mr Neto expressed his confidence in the ability of the country’s security agencies to recapture ‘’El Chapo.’’
The National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said that after security cameras lost sight of Mr. Guzman, guards stormed into the cell only to find a ten meters deep hole and ladder that he used to escape.
‘’The hole led to 1.5 kilometer tunnel with ventilation and lighting system. The exit of the tunnel is situated in a building that is under construction in Central Mexico State’’ he added.
A search inside the tunnel found a motorcycle on a rail system that is believed to have been used by Guzman to escape. It is reported that the motorcycle was used by the construction workers in transporting tools and removing earth from the space, which measures 1.7 meters high and 80 centimeters wide.
In a news conference, the security commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido said that eighteen employees from various sections of the Altiplano maximum prison have been taken in for questioning regarding the jail break.