Mexico Offers Bounty In Hunt For Escaped Drug Lord

Joaquin Guzman was re - arrested in his home state of Sinaloa in February 2014.
Joaquin Guzman was re - arrested in his home state of Sinaloa in February 2014.

Joaquin Guzman was re – arrested in his home state of Sinaloa in February 2014.

Mexico government offered a $3.8 million reward for the capture of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and sacked top prison officials amid suspicions that guards helped him escape. Guzman vanished from his cell late Saturday even though he was wearing a monitoring bracelet and surveillance cameras were trained on the room 24 hours a day, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said. Osorio Chong said Guzman “must have counted on the complicity of prison personnel which if confirmed would constitute an act of treason. Attorney General Azely Gomez said 34 prison officials and 17 inmates were interrogated by prosecutors. No charges have been announced so far. The government has launched a massive manhunt for Guzman. Troops and police patrolled highways, borders and airports, while the governments of the United States and Central American neighbours were cooperating. Guzman was last seen right before 9pm on Saturday, when he went into his private shower. After he failed to come out, guards found a hole 10 meters deep with a ladder inside. Guzman first escape was in 2001, when he slipped past authorities by hiding in a laundry cart in western Jalisco state. Marines recaptured him in February 2014.

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