‘El Chapo’ Excapes Again

by Sarah Rovinsky

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a notorious drug kingpin in Mexico, known as El Chapo, outran security forces once again. This time, officials located him at a hide-out in Mexico’s remote northwestern mountains, but he fled as they approached, injuring his leg and his face, Mexican officials said late Friday, October 16.

The government says there was no direct confrontation between security and Mr. Guzmán. The statement didn’t include the seriousness of his injuries, or how long ago he’d fled.

Mr. Guzmán escaped from a maximum security prison July 11, walking out through a mile-long tunnel that had been dug by his associates. The tunnel was complete with lights and a ventilation system. By the time police had searched his cell and discovered his escape route, 30 minutes had passed since he’d left, giving El Chapo a huge lead on his first escape.

This was a giant blow to President Enrique Peña Nieto, who celebrated Mr. Guzmán’s capture in February as evidence that his government was winning the drug war. Mexican officials are determined to recapture Mr. Guzmán.