One of the biggest drug kingpins in the world, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped yesterday from a high-security prison in Mexico. On Sunday, it was announced that for the second time, one of the slipperiest criminals managed to break out of prison. Since then, things like El Chapo, #posmeescapo, and a variety of other topics relating to him have been trending because WTF.
Here’s everything you need to know about El Chapo’s prison break:
How he reportedly escaped.
Here’s what’s being reported: El Chapo, noted tunnel lover, escaped Atiplano Federal Prison through a 20-by-20-inch tunnel located in the shower area of his cell on Saturday night, according to The Associated Press. It was discovered on Saturday night during a routine check.
That's probably not what happened.
El Chapo is a billionaire, so it’s more likely he paid his way out. Don Winslow, who has been following El Chapo’s life for the last 15 years, gave a more reasonable explanation of what happened. “My best guess is that he went out the front gate and the tunnel was a tissue-thin face-saving device for Mexican officials, the motorcycle a dramatic improvement over the laundry cart,” he wrote in a CNN piece.
Makes more sense than a well-ventilated, mile-long tunnel that no one noticed.
This isn't his first time escaping prison
This time El Chapo escaped after one year in prison. The first escape was 8 years after going to the Puente Grande Prison in 1993. In Malcom Beith’s “Last Narco,” it is reported that he paid $2.5 million to leave prison in 2001. At the time, he was serving a 20-year sentence.
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are on high alert.
Central American countries are reinforcing their borders, because there’s concern that he may have moved to the northern triangle, which is known as the most violent area in the world.
In 2014, EPN said another El Chapo escape would be "unforgivable."
The escape happened during Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to France. Now, a 2014 Univision interview of him talking about how a second breakout wouldn’t happen has been making the rounds. “It’s an obligation that Mexico has, more so I think, because of what has happened in the past,” he said. “It would be something that’s truly more than lamentable, it’d be unforgivable that now the state and the government didn’t take the necessary measures to assure that what happened years ago wouldn’t repeat itself.”
Donald Trump thinks he could kick his ass. lolz
Here’s a thing Donald Trump said in real life.
And also, he’s not ready to apologize to Mexico.