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Mexico Drug Kingpin 'Chapo' Guzman Escapes Prison Again
Massive Manhunt OnGoing




Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman (C) is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at
the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City February 22, 2014.

REUTERS/EDGARD GARRIDO

BY GABRIEL STARGARDTER AND DAVE GRAHAM - Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:28am EDT

MEXICO CITY | Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped from a high security prison, officials said on Sunday, his second jailbreak in 15 years and a major embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The kingpin, who is also wanted by U.S. prosecutors and once made it on to Forbes' list of billionaires, was seen on video entering a shower area at 8.52 p.m. local time on Saturday (0152 GMT Sunday), Mexico's National Security Commission said.

After he went out of view for a while, guards entered his cell the Altiplano prison in central Mexico to find it empty.

The commission did not go into further details, but Joaquin Lopez-Doriga, a news anchor for Mexico's main broadcaster Televisa, said on his website that early reports indicated Guzman had escaped through a tunnel, several kilometers long.

Security services called a meeting of their top officials, ordered a massive manhunt and shut down the airport in the nearby city of Toluca, authorities said.

The latest breakout by El Chapo, or "Shorty", is a heavy blow to Pena Nieto, who came to office in 2012 vowing to end a cycle of drug gang violence that has killed more than 100,000 people since 2007.

Before his election victory, politicians in Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) mocked their conservative rivals for letting Guzman escape while they ran the country, saying it would not have happened on their watch.

When the news broke, Pena Nieto was en route to France, where he is due to land shortly.

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The capo's escape could also strain relations with the United States, which wanted him extradited, said Alberto Islas, a security expert at consultancy Risk Evaluation.

"They were concerned about how dangerous he was, and they had a lack of confidence in the Mexican authorities to stop him operating from jail," he added.


Guzman became one of the world's top organized crime bosses, running Mexico's powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States and fought vicious turf wars with other Mexican gangs.

He was arrested last year. In 2011, he paid guards to help him escape the high security Puente Grande prison near the city of Guadalajara, after a prior capture in 1993.

Security forces fanned out to search roads near the prison in the State of Mexico, about 90 km (60 miles) west of the capital, the commission said.

A senior law enforcement figure said Guzman's escape had disrupted plans for various security officials who were supposed to be accompanying Pena Nieto to France.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said a meeting of senior security officials had been called, led by Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. He was unable to give details on who could have helped Guzman, or where he might be.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido was due to give a statement at 7 a.m., the interior ministry said.

(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter and Dave Graham; Additional reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez; Editing by Dave Graham and Andrew Heavens)

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Ed Note: One can only wonder how much and to whom the money went this time around! Current Events again prove Trump 100% correct.... The US/Mexico borders must be sealed!


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Dismay in US over Guzman's
"Escape" from Mexican Prison





Can Mexico's justice system be trusted?

Published July 13, 2015 Associated Press

CHICAGO – Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.

A former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency said he was dismayed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's weekend escape — apparently through a mile-long tunnel — from the Altiplano prison, 55 miles west of Mexico City.

"It is a shock that the most dangerous cartel leader in the world has escaped," Peter Bensinger said Sunday. "He ought to have been housed in an American prison."

Washington's official response was diplomatic, as Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement Sunday that the U.S. shared "Mexico's concern regarding the escape" and stood by to help in the manhunt.

But one Mexico expert said American officials likely expressed more frustration behind the scenes.

"I think this will add to the distrust many U.S. agencies feel (toward the Mexican government) — even if that's not publicly voiced," said David Shirk, San Diego-based fellow for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

At least some observers said they weren't surprised by Guzman's escape given Mexican prisons' reputation, including Gal Pissetzky, a defense attorney who has represented suspected drug trafficker in U.S. courts nationwide.

"I'm surprised he stayed locked up in there as long as he did," Pissetzky said.

The Chicago Crime Commission, an influential crime-fighting group in Illinois, said Sunday that the prison break meant Guzman will regain his title as Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago, where his Sinaloa cartel has long dominated the cocaine and heroin trade.

When the group attached the Public Enemy label to Guzman a year before his capture, it was the first time it had been used since it was applied in 1930 to Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone. The Chicago Crime Commission planned to formally restore the title to Guzman this week, said John Pastuovic, a spokesman for the non-governmental body.

Several U.S. attorneys' offices have indicted Guzman on trafficking charges, including in Chicago, where several Guzman lieutenants were successfully extradited, prosecuted and imprisoned. The U.S. had said after Guzman's 2014 capture that it would file an extradition request, though it's unclear if that already happened.

For its part, Mexico's government at the time denied the need to extradite Guzman even as many expressed fears he would inevitably escape. He had escaped before, in 2001, while serving a 20-year sentence in another maximum-security prison in Mexico.

That air of self-confidence among Mexican authorities will be harder to maintain if and when Mexico recaptures Guzman or nabs some other cartel leader, Shirk said.

"The calls for extradition (to the U.S.) will be more intense" in the wake of Guzman's escape, he said. "It'll be more difficult for the Mexican government to say, 'No, no. We have this under control.'"

Added Shirk, "It is clear that maximum security prisons in Mexico are anything but."

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Ed Note: Once again, Trump is proven correct. The US has given $201 million in aid to Mexico. This money could be better spent on our homeless in this country. Trump has stated we should cut off all aid to Mexico and make it perfectly clear the borders between USA and Mexico should be sealed and guarded.

Our govt must lose the fear of Mexico siding with an enemy of the USA and stop paying for allies around the world. Mexico or any other Nation that proves to be a bought and paid for "friend" should immediately be cutoff and those funds reallocated to financing the USA's Social Security and other taxpayer benefits.


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Mexico Arrests Seven Officials
Over Escape of Drug Kingpin




A police vehicle is seen a poster with a photo of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman offering a reward of
60 million Mexican pesos for information along a street in Mexico City July 16, 2015.

REUTERS/HENRY ROMERO

Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:00am EDT

MEXICO CITY The Mexican Attorney General's office said on Friday it had arrested seven officials over suspected involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Guzman's escape last Saturday from a maximum security prison through a mile-long tunnel built into his cell was a profound embarrassment for President Enrique Peña Nieto, raising pressure on the government to do more to battle public sector corruption.

As the tunnel surfaced in a blind spot in the cell behind a shower wall, government officials said it could only have occurred with the collusion of prison guards and officials, and that Guzman's helpers must have seen the building's plans.

The government dismissed the head of the prison and questioned more than 30 prison officials over the escape. It did not name the seven people who were arrested and a government spokesman could not immediately clarify the matter.

Peña Nieto, returning from a visit to France, on Friday acknowledged the escape had caused widespread frustration and that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman.

Separately, the government said the United States had requested the extradition of Guzman about two weeks before the breakout took place.

That news hinted at a U-turn by the government, because the previous attorney general, Jesus Murillo had said in January the country had no plans to hand him over.

Still, opposition Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks said if Mexico did recapture Guzman, extraditing him would be tantamount to admitting it was incapable of keeping him locked up.

"National sovereignty and national pride are so important ... that I doubt the government will do it," he said.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by David Gregorio)


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Federal police patrol the streets of Almodoya de Juarez, passing out flyers asking for information leading to recapture of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Nathan Frandino reports.
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