Mexico Drug War


Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison last week. It is the second such escape the leader of the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel has made.  

Brutal, ingenious, and let's not forget short–el Chapo meaning 'shorty' in Spanish–the drug mastermind has reigned terror down on his enemies, rewarded his friends, and made millions of dollars in the interim from illegal narcotics.

A security camera inside the jail cell of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was rolling the moment the most powerful drug lord in the world made a run for it.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

For the second time in 15 years, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison — this time less than 18 months after his re-arrest and a pledge from authorities that he would not get out again.

Mexico's National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly after 9 p.m. A later check of his cell found it empty.

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.