After the escape, Mexico’s National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said that Guzman was in his cell and walked to the shower area, where one of his henchmen had broken a hole through the ground.

According to internal DEA documents obtained by The Associated Press, USA drug agents learned Guzman and his associates were plotting his escape nearly immediately after his arrest.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison late Saturday night through an elaborate 1.5 kilometer tunnel that reached into his cell.

“That is one of the reasons we pushed for extradition”, Riley said.

Eduardo Verdugo/AP Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman was paraded before journalists in February 2014 in Mexico City.

A poll in the newspaper Reforma said 88 percent of Mexicans believe the escape was an inside job, and 65 percent blame the authorities’ incompetence more than the sharp wits of the drug lord.

Authorities have held 22 prison officials for questioning since Sunday but have yet to file any charges amid growing suspicions over inside help. Mr. Guzmán escaped through an… The government has reportedly fired the director of the prison after Guzman’s escape amid criticism of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration. “It’s time we’d be less diplomatic and more honest with each other about that hard truth”, said former U.S. Ambassador Antonio Garza, and counsel to White & Case in Mexico City. He was recaptured only previous year, only to escape again July 11. Video footage released by Mexico shows Guzman pacing in his cell and changing his shoes just minutes before he disappears behind a wall that partly covers the shower. Thousands of families have been torn apart in the process, and what’s worse is that four decades have passed since Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs and its legacy is still very much alive.

Murillo Karam told the AP earlier this year that the US would get Guzman in “about 300 or 400 years”.

Guzman has long used bribes to neutralize police and politicians as he grew his business to make it the dominant cartel in Mexican drug trafficking. “You can’t even go get tomatoes from the fields without running the risk of being kidnapped, raped, or murdered”.