Mexico: Seven officials arrested over drug lord escape

Mexican Attorney General says seven officials arrested over possible involvement in escape plan of notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mexican officials have confirmed that seven people were arrested on Friday with suspicions of involvement in the prison-break of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

A tunnel that stretches over 1.6 km in length was discretely built under his cell, through which he escaped last Saturday.

The government says that the tunnel could have only been built with the collaboration of prison guards and officials, as it was pinned to a blind spot in the cell suggesting that the building’s plan was leaked to Guzman’s affiliates.

The prison that Guzman managed to break, was one with maximum security.

The incident was a huge disappointment for the country’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, who was devastated with the level of corruption in the public sector.

The Mexican government had dismissed the head of the prison following the escape, and interrogated 30 prison officials, however only seven were arrested. The government did not announce which officials were in question.

Mexico is trying to trace Guzman, and offered $3.8 million for his capture, as they say it is vital for Mexico’s national pride.

"There will be no rest for this criminal," said Interior Minister Chong.

Guzman, a billionaire drug lord, 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.

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