New evidence reveals that Guzman was allowed to escape. His GPS bracelet had been deactivated, he was never moved to a different cell according to regulations of cell rotation, the camera in his cell was moved to provide a blind spot in the shower area, he was allowed to receive guests against regulations, and prison officials pretended not to notice noises that were heard under his cell. The Ministry of the Interior:
Prison officials also deactivated the motion sensor alarms throughout the maximum security jail in Almoloya de Juarez (about 60 miles north of Mexico City) enabling Joaquin Guzman’s people to excavate the complex, high-tech and highly precise tunnel into his cell.
Mexican authorities reveal it took 18 minutes for guards to respond after surveillance cameras sounded the alarm that Guzman was no longer in his cell, giving Guzman a good head start on his escape. Prosecutors are investigating whether the prison’s protocols were properly followed and are holding 22 prison officials for questioning.
Guzman escapes from the Altiplano maximum security prison through a 1.5 km (1 mile) tunnel from a hole in the shower area of his cell. The hole is ten meters (yards) deep and connects with a tunnel that is 1.7 meters (yards) high that is fully ventilated and has lighting, supposedly built without the knowledge of the authorities. Authorities find a motorcycle adapted to run on rails that they believe was used to carry dirt out and tools in during the construction. The tunnel terminates in a half-built house in a rural farm field near the prison.
Guzman is last seen at 9:00 p.m. A manhunt has begun, with roads being patrolled by federal police with many checkpoints and a Blackhawk helicopter flying overhead. Flights from Toluca airport near the prison are suspended and the hangars are being searched. A Guatemalan special task force of police and soldier are watching their border with Mexico.
Guzman escapes from the Puente Grande prison in Guadalajara, having served only eight of his twenty-year sentence. The prison is considered one of the most secure in Mexico having only 100 inmates. Apparently Guzman hides in a laundry cart while a guard wheels it out the prison doors. The guard allows Guzman to get into his car and then drives him out of the prison facilities. None of the other guards check the car. Mexico’s Secretary for Internal Affairs:
All the force of the state will be used to find Guzman and investigate those responsible for the escape. Guzman’s flight is incomprehensible given the precise instructions that have been given to make sure prisoners of the state are guarded and supervised.