Since the government took office in 2012, Mexican authorities have captured or killed six of them, including Guzman. Central Puebla state said it was using X-ray technology at toll booths to see through cars.

The United States had offered a US$5 million (RM208.6 million) bounty prior to his last arrest, while Chicago – a popular destination for Sinaloa narcotics – declared him “Public Enemy Number One”. “All the accolades that Mexico has received in their counterdrug efforts will be erased by this one event”, Vigil said.

The last sighting of the famous capo was when he was spotted on video surveillance approaching the showers in the prison.

The mogul/reality TV host turned candidate for president, wrote: “Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail”.

Guzman heads the Sinaloa Cartel, which the U.S. Justice Department says is “one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels”.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the US government is ready to help with its Mexican counterparts in bringing El Chapo back in prison. Flights have also been suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary.

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

He went into his private shower and after he failed to come out guards found a hole 10 meters (33 feet) deep with a ladder in it.

More than anything else, the escape undermined the Mexico’s assertion it can deal with top drug lords at home and doesn’t need to extradite them to the U.S. The national pride that appeared to motivate Pena Nieto’s administration to prosecute drug lords like Guzman through its own court system has now turned into a national embarrassment.

“The fact that El Chapo was able to get out of the most secure prison in MexicoMexico, positively convinces me that El Chapo should not be being held in Mexico“, Bilek added.

Until Guzman’s escape, “the day had gone on normally and at about 8pm he was given his daily dose of medicine”. That risk “does not exist”, Mr Murillo Karam said. United States officials had pushed for his extradition.

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. The answer to the question is a tunnel, according to news reports. He did not want to be named for safety reasons.

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

The USA has indicted him on federal drug trafficking charges.

The crime boss’s wealth is estimated at £630million by Forbes magazine, who once ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela in their list of the world’s most powerful people. He finally was tracked down to a modest beachside high-rise in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlan on February 22, 2014, where he had been hiding with his wife and twin daughters. The Drive-Bys are marveling, folks, over what an engineering feat it is, just like they used to marvel how Bill Clinton lied to them.

The construction site where Guzman’s tunnel ends has a gray brick building on an isolated hill surrounded by pastures.

While Guzman’s capture was the crowning achievement of Nieto’s government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes, his escape is all the more devastating politically.

Guzman escaped prison in a laundry cart in 2001, and he outfitted his safe houses with secret tunnels.