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Mexico offers bounty for fleeing drug lord

Mexico government has offered a $3.8m 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 escaped from his cell late on 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 on

Osorio Chong said Guzman “must have counted on the
complicity of prison personnel… which if confirmed would
constitute an act of treason”.

Guzman, the head of notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, had
been behind bars for just 17 months when he escaped for
the second time since 2001, dealing a humiliating setback
to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration.

This time Guzman managed to flee a maximum-security
prison some 90km west of Mexico City through a 1.5-km
tunnel found under his cell’s shower.

“What happened two days ago is a terrible event that has
angered Mexican society,” Osorio Chong said.

While cameras were constantly trained on the cell, Osorio
Chong said there were “two blind spots,” while the bracelet
only worked inside the prison.

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