Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s infamous drug lord, escaped from a maximum-security Altiplano prison Saturday night through passageway in his prison cell shower.
The tunnel he escaped through was nearly a mile long and authorities believe his escape has been in the works for months. This is Guzman’s second escape. His first escape was from a different prison in 2001. He remained a fugitive until he was captured just last year.
During his time as a fugitive, Guzman became one of the most powerful drug lords in the world with his fortune estimated at more than $1 billion. Guzman is an international criminal with many drug-trafficking and organized-crime charges against him in the United States.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement, “the U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.”
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