Docs: Gov’t had intel on earlier escape plots by drug lord

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)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government documents show the Drug Enforcement Administration had intelligence about at least two plots to help Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escape from a maximum security prison.

Internal DEA documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that drug agents first got information on escape plans in March 2014. That was about a month after Guzman was captured in Mazatlan, Mexico.

The documents show that in March 2014 agents in Los Angeles reported a possible escape operation funded by another drug organization that operates under the auspices of Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and involved threatening or bribing prison officials. That July, the same investigation revealed Guzman’s son had sent a team of lawyers and military counter-intelligence personnel to design a break-out plan.

Guzman escaped through a tunnel below the prison late Saturday.

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