Mexico is offering $3.8 million for the most notorious drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from a top security prison on Saturday.
Guzman, who headed the Sinaloa cartel, is responsible for the smuggling of huge amounts of illegal drugs into the United States and across the world. He’s one of the parties involved in the violent drug war that has plagued Mexico in recent years.
It’s his second escape from the maximum-security Altiplano prison in 14 years.
A massive manhunt for the Mexican drug lord has launched after it was announced that he escaped from the prison using a mile-long tunnel.
Mexico’s National Security Commission (CNS) said in a statement that Guzman went into the showers in Altiplano prison around 9 pm local time, which was the last sighting of him.
Interior Minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong is in charge of the operation. He believes prison officials assisted the drug lord in enacting his escape plan. Director of the high security prison and other two senior officials have been dismissed.
Guzman who was wearing a monitoring bracelet was said to have escaped, despite the 24-hour surveillance.
Authorities have reinforced the security across Mexico and started searching roads near the prison, while flights have been suspended from Toluca Airport.
Guatemala, where the drug lord was first captured, also took security measurements along its northern border with Mexico.
"There will be no rest for this criminal," said Interior Minister Chong.
Guzman, a billionaire, was first captured in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico. He was serving a 20-year sentence for murder and trafficking when he escaped in 2001 with the help of prison guards, from Puente Grande, a maximum security prison in the state of Jalisco.
He was recaptured in February 2014 in Mazatlan, a Pacific resort in the Sinaloa state. On the DEA’s most wanted list, Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the United States.