Escaped drug lord has ties to Lancaster County

An intense manhunt continues for one of the most powerful and dangerous drug lords in the world.  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison outside of Mexico City on Saturday. This is the second time Guzman has escaped from a Mexican prison.

Officials say his drug cartel covers the United States including Pennsylvania. Federal investigators arrested Guzman’s drug runners in Lancaster County several years ago. Officials say they used the Smoketown Airport as a hub for their nationwide drug ring.

Mel Glick opened the airport back in 1952. He remembers the plane that the cartel members used. He says had no idea that they were running drugs and will never forget the day investigators came walking through the door.

“I’m not sure if it was the FBI that came in one day and said we would like to talk to you,” Glick said. “They went over our records because we keep a record of who uses our fuel pumps.”

State police would not comment on the Guzman case in Pennsylvania. They say that they are working with other law enforcement agencies to monitor drug trafficking venues.

In the second quarter of 2015, Pennsylvania State Police seized $34.6 million worth of drugs. This includes $27.5 million worth of heroin and $2.9 million of cocaine.

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