Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escapes prison

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City, following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Mexico’s security commission said in a statement late Saturday, July 11, 2015, the top drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison, the second time he has fled after being captured. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped last night from a maximum security prison for the second time.

Security officials stated that Guzman led the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.  He was last seen near the prison showers late Saturday.

The National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly before 9 p.m. and wasn’t seen for a while. Upon checking his cell, authorities found it was empty.

The search began immediately in the surrounding area and highways.

Flights have been inspected at the airport near the prison outside Mexico City.

Guzman has been in prison since February 2014.

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