New evidence shows that Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán boarded a private plane in his escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico.
Many people believe that his escape was possible thanks to the extremely corrupt Mexican government.
Mexican Attorney General Arely Gómez recently admitted that Guzmán made his escape using air travel. Investigators made the discovery by listening to phone calls that were made on public phones.
One person that was arrested for their involvement in the escape is allegedly a pilot by trade. So far, 24 people have been arrested for their suspected involvement.
Reports indicate that Guzmán made his escape through a tunnel. He then boarded a van in the Mexican town of Almoloya de Juárez and traveled to the state of Querétaro, where he got on an airplane.
Gómez has been awed by the detailed nature of the escape plan.
He said, “We already have all the mapping of those who participated. It will be interesting for you to learn it (since) it is something truly amazing."
Based on footage, prison guards were either completely foolish about Guzmán’s escape, or they simply didn’t care, most likely because they were bribed.
Security camera footage showed that there was a thirty minute delay between the time when Guzmán disappeared from his cell and the time when prison guards noticed that he was missing.
During this thirty minute period, prison guards played solitaire and disregarded the sounds of drilling coming from Guzmán’s prison cell.
It took more than three hours for the staff of the prison to activate a “code red”, indicating that an inmate had gone missing.
The escape wasn’t a complete surprise, as one survey showed that 71.2% of Mexican citizens say that they have “little” or “no” confidence in the integrity of the prisons in their country.
Meanwhile the hunt for Guzmán has continue since his escape. Reports indicate that he has returned to his native state of Sinaloa in Mexico. The Mexican government is looking for him there.
However, much of the public isn’t helping in the search because many people in the community appreciate the things that Guzmán did for them in the past, using the money from his drug empire. Members of the public might even be helping Guzmán stay undetected.
Additionally, the search for Guzmán has angered much of the Mexican public. Local residents have stated that the searches have damaged property and violated their human rights.
Mexican marines have been looking for Guzmán in 14 different communities in an area known as the “Golden Triangle”, which covers the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango.
Guzmán previously escaped from prison in 2001. It took authorities 13 years to recapture him.
The fact that he managed to escape again points to obvious signs of corruption.