Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will be back commanding the notorious Sinaloa Drug Cartel just within 48 hours after not being caught, said a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief of international operations. Elsewhere, U.S. officials are expressing disappointment over El Chapo’s elaborate escape from supposedly maximum security prison in Mexico.
El Chapo, the most dangerous cartel leader in the world
If El Chapo is not caught just within 48 hours, he will be back in full command of the Sinaloa Cartel, said retired DEA chief Michael Vigil. There is even a possibility that El Chapo will not be seen again by the authorities.
Former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger said the escape came as shocking and terrifying because El Chapo is “the most dangerous cartel leader in the world.” He added that El Chapo should have been housed in an American prison.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the U.S. government is ready to help with its Mexican counterparts in bringing El Chapo back in prison.
“We share the government of Mexico’s concern regarding the escape of Joaquin Guzman Loera ‘Chapo’ from a Mexican prison. In addition to his crimes in Mexico, he faces multiple drug trafficking and organized crime charges in the United States,” Lynch said in a statement.
“The U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture,” she added.
El Chapo, Public Enemy No 1
The Chicago Crime Commission said El Chapo reclaimed his title as Public Enemy No 1 in Chicago, The Associated Press reported. El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel is notorious for cocaine and heroin trade in Chicago.
El Chapo escaped through a 1-mile tunnel built underneath his cell shower. He was last seen at about 9 p.m. at the Altiplano prison entering his shower room, said Monte Alejandro Rubido, head of Mexico’s National Security Commission.
Altiplano prison guards checked his cell after they noticed he could no longer be seen in the surveillance camera. They discovered an opening in El Chapo’s shower area. The opening leads to a tunnel made of PVC pipe and ends in a house that is still under construction.
Manhunt ensued for El Chapo and 18 prison officials are already under police’s interrogation under the suspicion that he cannot escape without significant help from inside.
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