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Authorities in Mexico are in the middle of a massive manhunt to find Joaquin Guzman, a very powerful drug lord, who has broken out of prison… again.
Guzman, known as El Chapo, went missing sometime before a routine check late Saturday night at Altiplano prison in south central Mexico.
Allegedly, El Chapo escaped through a hole in his cell which wound through a mile-long tunnel to freedom, almost as if plucked directly from the film Shawshank Redemption.
The only difference is, Guzman isn’t an innocent con, but rather one of the world’s most powerful and dangerous drug lords. He initially escaped from a prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart, and wasn’t caught again until 2014.
The United States Justice Department isn’t playing around, saying of Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel:
“[It is] one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels. [Guzman was] considered the world’s most powerful drug lord until his arrest in Mexico in February 2014.”
Officials mean business, too — they’ve closed Toluca International Airport, which is a 45-minute drive away from the prison, in the hopes of preventing El Chapo from traveling too far out of the area.
[Image via CNN.]