The Mexican government has launched an intensive manhunt for its most powerful drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman,58 is a well known drug lord in Mexico,Sinaloa Cartel empire which stretches throughout North America and reaches as far as Europe and Australia.The cartel has been heavily involved in a bloody drug war that has torn through some parts of Mexico for a decade,taking an estimated 100,000 lives.
“El Chapo” who was once in prison reportedly escaped last year,a huge slap on the face of the Mexican Government which had to make a promise to douse the fears of the people that there would never be a re-occurrence of this embarrassment but history repeated itself again when Mexico prison service made another announcement that the dreaded “El Chapo”was on the lose again. Since then, several security officials have been sent out on his trail. The escape route was created in a way that it beat the intelligence and detection of the security men.
El Chapo escaped out of this tunnel.
President Enrique Pena Nieto has expressed a strong faith in his security operatives who he has urged to recapture the escaping drug lord.
Guzman’s escape is a major embarrassment to the Pena Nieto administration, which had received plaudits for its aggressive approach to top drug lords. Since he took office in late 2012, Mexican authorities have nabbed or killed six of them, including Guzman.
If he is not caught immediately, Guzman will likely be back in full command and control of the Sinaloa Cartel, said Michael S. Vigil, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief of international operations.
“We may never find him again,” Vigil said. “All the accolades that Mexico has received in their counterdrug efforts will be erased by this one event.”
Meanwhile, thirty employees from various part of the Altiplano prison, 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City, have been taken in for questioning, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.