El Chapo’s escape continues to unfold with new revelations of complicity
Information exposing the high-level of complicity in the escape of the world’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, keeps flowing. The latest reveals that the prison guards in charge of the Sinaloa cartel leader were playing “Solitaire” on their computers, instead of monitoring the CCTV linked to his cell.
Furthermore, reports have also emerged noting that authorities knew about his escape at least five months beforehand, as well as the revelation that the day El Chapo broke out of jail, very loud noises could be heard throughout the prison that were, undoubtedly, according to court testimonies, those of excavation.
More recently, an airplane pilot has been accused of playing a role in the drug lord’s escape. He is in Mexican custody, Mexico’s attorney general declared on Thursday October 8.
Attorney General Arely Gomez said at a Mexican Senate hearing that the pilot had been captured. But she didn’t offer details — including the name of the pilot and where, when or how he or she was caught.
Thursday was the first time Mexican authorities have said anything publicly about a pilot having a part in springing Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Gomez said 24 people, all but one of them government employees, have been arrested in connection with the July 11 escape. Ten other civilians have been detained.
In addition, authorities have conducted 40 inspections, crafted 522 documents and collected 191 pieces of evidence from the tunnel — which had lights, ventilation and led directly to his cell — that Guzman used to bust out of a maximum-security prison.
Authorities haven’t said if any of this investigative work has led them closer to Guzman.
In the meantime, the news of El Chapo placing a US$100 million bounty on Republican presidential hopeful and billionaire Donald Trump has stirred controversy, as there seems to be no verifiable source. One thing’s for sure: the Sinaloa cartel leader is in the business of making money, so the question would be whether he has anything to gain from Trump’s death.