Mexico’s recent near-miss in recapturing notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman begs the question of what approach works best when security forces are pursuing high-value targets.
Guzman, longtime head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, escaped from a maximum-security prison in July by fleeing into an underground tunnel connected to his cell. From there, he was flown in a little aircraft to the Sinaloan mountains, the official stated. Guzman was under 24 hour watch yet he managed his escape through a prison tunnel that led to the outside.
The federal official said Saturday that it was the pilot who flew Guzman in the small plane.
U.S drug agents assisted Mexican Marines in the planned invasion after successfully intercepting the phone calls of El Chapo’s associates.
Authorities almost caught Sinaloa Cartel leader El Chapo during a recent operation on a ranch in Sinaloa state’s rugged Sierra Madre mountains, NBC reported.
Late Friday, the government said Guzman had avoided capture in an operation in the mountains of northwestern Mexico.
He has made a habit of spectacular prison breaks, in 2001 leaving another Mexican maximum-security prison in western Jalisco state with the help of prison guards – in a laundry basket, as the story goes.
The security cabinet says officials believe the drug trafficker injured a leg and his face as he made his getaway.
“They came shooting at my brother’s ranch”, he complained.
Her husband, Gonzalo, said: “The newspaper reported they were looking for him (Guzman), but he wasn’t there and they nearly killed us”.
A federal government official denied that the marines fired on civilian homes.
TOMAS BRAVO/REUTERS Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped his jail cell through a tunnel connected to a warehouse (pictured).
Closed-circuit video shows him entering the shower area twice fully clothed and bending down. “It was amusing in a way for us to show criticism of our government”, Esponda said, “after it arrested El Chapo and then watched him escape only a few months later”.
So far, 20 officials and the former director of Altiplano prison have been arrested in ties to his escape.