Security measures have been strengthened to ensure Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the Mexican drug lord, is not able to escape from the Altiplano prison for the second time.
Some of the steps taken to ascertain this include stationing a military tank outside the prison of Guzman, who was recaptured after a raid was carried out in his home state of Sinaloa on Friday, as well as installation of metal rods beneath the cell floor.
Until Guzman escaped on July 11, by crawling through a tunnel hole, the Altiplano prison was considered highly impenetrable, as reported by Inquirer.net.
The United States government called for Mexico to ensure that El Chapo isn’t able to escape prison this time. John Kirby, spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said, “I think it’s safe to assume that they understand that the world is watching how this case moves forward and that this individual needs to stay behind bars.”
Guzman’s extradition bid comes in the wake of the news about his meeting with Sean Penn. A newspaper cited the Hollywood actor as being monitored by the authorities. Attorney General Arely Gomez said, “The average (extradition) timeframe is one year but it could take up to five years.”
Juan Pablo Badillo, Guzman’s lawyer, said that a “tough” legal fight, one that could go to the Supreme Court, would be undertaken.
Yahoo News reports that with Guzman’s previous arrest in February 2014, it had taken him only 17 months to escape the Altiplano prison by digging a tunnel hole from cell’s shower floor. As a result, a dozen officials have been arrested. Although the escape humiliated the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which had refused to extradite Guzman, the government had to “send the message that this criminal had to return to the prison he escaped from” to ascertain that it “can hold the most wanted man in the world,” Gerardo Rodriguez, national security expert at the University of the Americas, said.
Due to El Chapo, security has been tightened in the prison over the last few months. In a statement, the National Security Commission said that enhancements were made to the security filters, surveillance cameras and monitoring centers. A newspaper shows pictures of metal rods beneath the cell floor. “Everything has been done to avoid another escape,” a federal official said.