Mexico arrests 6 people who helped drug lord Guzman’s escape

Mexican officials say on Wednesday they have arrested six people including drug leader’s brother-in-law and five member of his team for helping drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman escape from jail in July

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, is pictured being escorted by marines on 22 February 2014.

Updated Oct 23, 2015

According to Mexican attorney general’s statement, the brother-in-law of Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who helped his escape from jail on 11 July, and five of his friends have been arrested, one of them being the pilot.

"Today we are able to affirm that the group responsible for planning, organising and carrying out the escape from outside the prison has been broken up," said Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez.

Guzman’s brother-in-law admitted that he organised the escape plan, constructed one-mile tunnel that led to Guzman's escape, and transportation.

Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel escaped from a maximum security prison in July via one-mile tunnel. Successful escape plan has caused a major dishonour both for President Enrique Pena Nieto, and his country.

Dozens of vehicles were damaged in a recent army operation to recapture the fugitive last week.

Attorney General Arely Gomez told a news conference that the escape's mastermind had repeatedly entered the maximum security prison where Guzman was held by taking advantage of the access afforded to his lawyers.

Attorney General Arely Gomez came up with an explanation about escape plan.

"He used that cover to become a link between those who built the tunnel as well as making the payments," said Gomez.

Guzman was first arrested in 1993 and spent nearly 10 years in a maximum-security prison before escaping.


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