Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time in his life on Saturday night. According to early reports, Guzman made a break for it via a mile-long stretch of underground tunnel and a motorcycle.
Guzman, known as “El Chapo” (“Shorty”) for his short stature, was captured back in February 2014 after his first prison escape in 2001. He’d been serving a 20-year sentence for drug-related crimes stemming from his first arrest in Guatemala in 1993. With the help of Puente Grande security guards, Guzman’s 2001 break was a cinch.
It is unknown whether or not he received help this time, though at least 18 employees and officials connected to the prison are being questioned by the Mexican authorities. Plus, considering the nature of Guzman’s escape, he had to have some kind of help from the outside. After all, he broke out of the Altiplano prison on Saturday night via a 50-centimeter hole into a tunnel, which led him to another passageway a little over a mile in length.