Sinaloa Cartel Boss Escapes Mexican Prison – Again
“Maximum Security” doesn’t mean much for Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guards lost track of him after he went to the prison showers on Saturday, and when they went to his cell, he was not there. He has escaped before – last time he was gone for nearly 13 years.
The statement from the National Security Commission said that, at 8:52 Saturday evening, surveillance cameras at the Altiplano federal prison saw Guzman approaching a shower area in which prisoners also wash their belongings.
When Guzman was not seen again for some time, officials checked his cell, found it empty, and issued an alert.
Altiplano is a maximum security prison in south central Mexico.
Officials quickly shut down the Toluca airport, blocked roads, and began an intense manhunt.
Guzman was arrested in 2014 after almost 13 years on the lam. He had escaped from prison before: “legend” has it in a laundry cart in 2001. No one is really certain as to how he escaped back then, any more than how he escaped this time.
He will not be easy to catch- and there are some $$$$ reasons. He has corrupt officials and other greedy profiteers in his pocket. He has a reputation for buying off both residents and officials, who tip him off to any security operations in his area.
He is listed as one of the DEA’s most wanted, and faces a long list of U.S. indictments for drug trafficking. Forbes Magazine placed him as one of the most powerful people in the world – both for his net worth at more than $1 Billion, and his ruthlessness.
The Sinaloa drug cartel is considered the largest drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere. They began in the 1980’s, and has operatives in more than 17 Mexican states and 50 countries. They are heavily involved in not just drug trafficking, but money laundering as well.
The growth of the cartel is largely credited to Guzman, who continued to build the drug trafficking organization while he was an escapee. Mexican officials had dismissed the idea that he could escape again by stating that the “risk does not exist.” So much for that assessment. He’s gone…again.