MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican authorities have distributed 100,000 photographs of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to highway toll booths since his weekend escape from a maximum security prison, the interior ministry announced Wednesday.
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“We can’t really understand why they are refusing to give an answer”, said one Mexican official, who works in the country’s security apparatus but was not authorized to speak publicly about his government’s deliberations.
Guzman wasn’t sporting his trademark mustache, the one he had when authorities captured him past year in what was considered on both sides of the border to be a major law enforcement victory. Officials in the USA, where Guzman is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list, planned to file for extradition earlier this year.
In his last 90 seconds as a prisoner, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman paced his tiny cell, repeatedly entered a shower out of view of surveillance cameras, returned to his bed, changed his shoes, headed into the shower one last time – and vanished.
That’s why the United States leaned so hard on Mexico to get Guzman extradited, especially since – surprise, surprise – he’d escaped from prison before.
The cartel kingpin has escaped from prison before. Then he walked back to the shower, stooped behind the wall and disappeared.
But there was nothing usual when he lifted a slab of concrete shower floor and descended into the man-made escape route, where a motorcycle rigged to two carts on wheels waited to whisk him away.
Experts have said the tunnel would have been more than a year in planning and building.
The tunnel began with a 50-by-50-centimeter (20-by-20-inch) opening inside the shower of Guzman’s cell, Rubido said. The digging would have caused noise.
El Chapo had originally been serving a sentence of more than 20 years after being arrested in Guatemala in 1993. Not mentioned: His flight from a maximum security prison in central Mexico on Saturday.
“What happened is a awful event that has angered Mexican society,” Osorio Chong said.
The charges against 58-year-old El Chapo (“Shorty”) listed on the Interpol website include “conspiracy to import and possess cocaine with intent to distribute; money laundering, criminal forfeiture (4 counts)”.
The government fired the director of the Altiplano prison, which had never suffered an escape.
The cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of drugs into the United States and has been blamed for thousands of deaths.