Mexican National Security Security video shows Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman moments before his escape from a Mexican prison.
That’s why the U.S. leaned so hard on Mexico to get Guzman extradited, especially since – surprise, surprise – he’d escaped from prison before.
At least 49 people have been questioned in connection with the Saturday escape, a Mexican official said. A motorcycle rigged to two carts awaited Guzman once he ducked under the floor of his shower.
It is Saturday night, near 9 p.m., inside Cell 20 of the Altiplano maximum-security prison, and the video surveillance camera captures Guzman’s shadow as it traces across the walls.
Guzman had surveillance cameras aimed at his cell around the clock, and he was supposed to have a monitoring bracelet on him at the time of his disappearance.
Guzman has a $3.8 million bounty on his head for anyone that could help in his recapture.
Since then, Riley and other USA investigators said they believe that Guzman has returned to his Sinaloa mountain perch to take back his leadership of the cartel, which, according to USA estimates, has brought him $30 billion a year in profits from drug sales in this country alone.
Agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) alerted Mexican authorities 16 months ago that plans for Joaquin Guzman Loera (“El Chapo”) to escape were in the works by the Guzman family.
The moment guards noticed that Guzman was gone, the guards issued a red alert via radio and the prison was placed on lockdown, Rubido said. The complexity of the tunnel has led experts to estimate that construction of the escape route must have begun immediately around the time the drug leader was caught and re imprisoned.
Government officials have maintained that the prison meets the highest global security standards.
The tunnel that one of Mexico’s most notorious and richest drug lords used in his latest prison escape has now been explored.
Three prison officials have already been fired, including the director of the prison.
The tunnel’s lights were extinguished by Guzman as he fled.
Following his escape, the Chicago Crime Commission has again declared Guzman “Public Enemy Number One”.
In the four days since his disappearance, Mexican authorities have failed to explain how their prized prisoner could have outfoxed the country’s most secure prison. He exited the tunnel by climbing a ladder into a building on a property surrounded by fields.
It is the second time Guzman, known as El Chapo or “Shorty”, has escaped jail.
“They had something or a lot to do with what happened, and that’s why we made that decision”, he said.
The official also said he had no information on the suspected whereabouts of Guzman, who headed the powerful Sinaloa cartel before his capture in February 2014 in the northwestern city of Mazatlan.