Convicted Mexican drug cartel kingpin escapes from prison

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Photo: El Chapo under arrest (2014) A manhunt has been launched to find Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman after he escaped from prison, Mexico's National Security Commission said in a statement Saturday. Guards at the Altiplano Federal Prison found that Guzman, also known as "El Chapo," was missing during routine check.

MEXICO CITY–The notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from prison through a hole in his cell that led to a tunnel nearly a mile long, Mexico National Security spokesman Monte Alejandro Rubido García confirmed Sunday morning in a press conference in Mexico City.

A hole in Guzman’s cell led to a tunnel that was lit and ventilated, the spokesman said.

Mexican authorities will strengthen security at maximum-security prisons after the escape

The Attorney General’s Office is also investigating to determine whether public servants at the prison where Guzman was being held were complicit or involved in his escape, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

The Mexican President says he is  “deeply troubled” by the escape of “El Chapo”, but he vowed that his government would recapture the infamous drug lord.

“This represents, without a doubt, an affront to the Mexican state, but also I am confident that the institutions of the Mexican state, particularly those in charge of public safety, are at the level, with the strength and determination, to recapture this criminal,” Peña Nieto said Sunday.

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