McALLEN, RGV – Top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen again after his re-capture last year — escaped for a second time from a maximum security prison.
According to top Mexican newspapers Guzmán escaped through an underground tunnel that started in a shower area and extended more than a kilometer outside of the prison.
The Associated Press reports that a manhunt began immediately late Saturday for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which has an international reach and is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U.S. border with Mexico.
Associated Press journalists near the Altiplano prison, 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Mexico City, said the roads were being heavily patrolled by Federal Police, who had also set up checkpoints. Flights were also suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary in the state of Mexico.
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Editor’s Note: The main photo accompanying this story shows Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán after his capture in Feb. 22, 2014. (Photo: AP/Eduardo Verdugo)