MEXICO-DRUGS-CHAPO GUZMAN-ARREST

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News broke overnight that well-known Mexican drug lord, ‘El Chapo’ broke out of a Mexican maximum security prison. This is Chapo’s second prison break and authorities say that if he isn’t caught in the next 24 hours, he will likely get away.

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His “movie-like” escape is simply unbelievable. He had dug a tunnel under the Mexican prison complete all types of digging tools, ventilation, and even a motorcycle on a fixed track. This was clearly a well planned escape and you have to wonder, how “maximum-security” this prison really is.

CNN:

Guzman, whose nickname means “Shorty,” is a veteran of prison breaks. In 2001, he escaped from a high-security prison in a laundry cart. It took authorities 13 years to catch him — sleeping at a Mexican beach resort.

 This time, he took a much more sophisticated route out of prison: a tunnel complete with lighting, ventilation and even a modified motorcycle on tracks “that was likely used to remove dirt during the excavation and transport the tools for the dig,” Mexican National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

The tunnel began with a 50 x 50-centimeter (20 x 20-inch) opening inside the shower of Guzman’s cell, Rubido said.

That opening connected to a vertical passageway going more than 10 meters (33 feet) underground. The passageway, outfitted with a ladder, led to a tunnel that was about 1.7 meters (5.6 feet) tall and more than 70 centimeters (28 inches) wide.

The tunnel stretched for more than a mile and ended inside a half-built house. From there, Guzman’s whereabouts are anyone’s guess.

“This represents, without a doubt, an affront to the Mexican state,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said. “But also I am confident that the institutions of the Mexican state, particularly those in charge of public safety, are at the level … to recapture this criminal.”

Mexican authorities said they have brought 18 prison workers to Mexico City for questioning, but it’s unclear how many may have played a role in the escape.

Wow! Sounds like a movie.

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