Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a maximum-security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1mile) tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, Mexico’s top security official announced Sunday.

Eighteen employees from various parts of the Altiplano prison 55 miles (90 Kiometers) west of the Mexico City have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a news conference without answering questions.

Guzman was last scene about 9 p.m. Saturday in the shower area of his cell, according to a statement from the National Security Commission. After a time, he was lost by the prison’s security camera surveillance network. Upon checking his cell, authorities found it empty and a 20-by-20-inch (50-by-50 centimeter) hole near the shower.

Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. as well as Mexico, and was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.

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