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“El Chapo” Evades Mexican Security Forces

Submitted by on October 17, 2015 – 4:48 pmNo Comment

Fugitive drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,”  evaded capture by Mexican security forces who were closing in on his location, sustaining injuries to his leg and face, said Mexican officials this week. Guzmán escaped from a federal prison in July, after being captured in February 2014 in what was hailed as a major victory against the cartels. At that time, Guzmán had been on the loose since escaping from another prison in 2001.

The mission’s failure is another black eye for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who highlighted Guzmán’s recapture as a signature achievement for the country, and promised that Guzmán would not escape again. But prison guards found Guzmán’s cell empty on the evening of the 11th, discovering a 30-foot tunnel leading outside the prison. They waited three hours to raise an alarm.

Pop culture has recently renewed its fascination with drug lords. The film Sicario, which is centered among Mexico’s drug cartels along the border, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted last month. And Netflix recently released the first season of its series Narcos, a fictionalized account of the effort to hunt down Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar. That season ended with Escobar narrowly evading capture during a government raid.

[via NY Times]

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