The Washington Post reports the jailbreak of drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from prison in Mexico. The Mexican government and the Obama administration's connections to Guzman are nothing short of criminal. Guzman heads the Sinaloa drug cartel, the most powerful in Mexico and it happens to control the drug trade in Chicago . This was the same drug cartel that was armed with 'assault weapons' by the ATF under Barack Obama and Eric Holder. The same administration that uses increasing gun violence in Mexico to push for more gun control in the United States.
MEXICO CITY — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most famous drug lord, has escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico for the second time in his drug-running career, a spectacular breach of security that set off a massive manhunt in the early hours Sunday.
For the past year and a half, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel had been incarcerated inside the Altiplano, a federal facility set amid farmland west of the capital that holds the top captured drug bosses and has been described as the country’s most impenetrable prison.
That all changed late Saturday night, when Guzman slipped out of the prison through a rectangular passage in the shower area of his cell that led to a nearly mile-long tunnel running underneath the prison, according to Mexico’s national security commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido.
The Associated Press video reports that this is his SECOND escape from prison in Mexico.
Washington Post continued:
In a brief morning news conference, Rubido said that Guzman was last seen inside the prison around 8 p.m. while receiving his daily dose of medication. After guards realized he had disappeared, they found the hatch that led by ladder down to the tunnel, which was illuminated, perforated with PVC piping for ventilation and equipped with adapted motorcycle-on-rails to whisk the drug lord to freedom.
The escape of Guzman is a staggering blow for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who had been building a strong reputation for arresting top drug bosses from all the major cartels. However, as his administration has succeeded in weakening some cartels, such as the Zetas and the Knights Templar, others are now ascendant, including the New Generation cartel in Jalisco.
But the failure to hold the country’s most important drug trafficker reveals the weakness of Mexico’s justice system and will add to the perception that the state has become so riddled with corruption that powerful criminals can in fact exist above the law.
The manner of Guzman’s escape suggests that his rescue operation was well-planned and financed and may have occurred with the complicity of officials inside the prison.
But in the Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman still has a large and lucrative drug-running operation to welcome him back into the fold.
In February 2014, Guzman was captured by a team of Mexican commandos while he was sleeping in the Miramar condominium in the beach town of Mazatlan. The arrest came after a series of military operations, which relied heavily on intelligence gathered by U.S. law enforcement officials, that led to houses with their own elaborate tunnel network in the Pacific Coast state of Sinaloa that Guzman had used to evade capture for years.
'El Chapo' had extensive connections inside the Mexican and United States Government. In fact, the Sinaloa Cartel was armed with 'assault weapons' by the Obama administration in Operation Fast and Furious.
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The escape promises to be a major irritant in the relations between the U.S. and Mexican governments. American officials had pressed for Guzman’s extradition so that he could be prosecuted for drug crimes and held in the type of facility where he would be more secure. But Mexican officials took it as a point of pride and national sovereignty that they could hold even drug traffickers as powerful as Guzman in prison.
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