Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison, making this his second prison break in 14 years.
New evidence suggests the billionaire escaped through a long tunnel. According to Mexico’s Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido, the tunnel was highly sophisticated – equipped with a ventilation system and stairs.
Several prison employees are currently being held by police, while a manhunt is underway to find Guzman.
The 60-year old has been imprisoned since February 2014 for his involvement in bloody drug-related violence.
Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel is one of the most powerful drug trafficking syndicates worldwide.
In 2011 Guzman was named as Mexico’s 10th richest man. He was also on the Forbes list of the “World’s Most Powerful People” for three consecutive years.
Guzman’s capture in 2014 was hailed as a major victory in the efforts against drug-related violence in Mexico.
Mexican drug cartels earn annually between $19 – 29 billion from sales in the US.
Up to 100,000 people are estimated to have died in Mexico since 2006 due to drug-related violence.