El Chapo Guzman Escapes Prison Again, Top Cartel Boss Inks Deal with DEA and Cartel Kin Teases Feds

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Juaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (also known as "Shorty") escaped from another maximum security prison in Mexico, through a tunnel, the same way he escaped several years ago. The last time Chapo escaped, he was able to slip through a tunnel hidden just under his bathtub. Guzman is elusive and has evaded capture many times. He has been on the FBI's most wanted list for a long time. Forbes listed him as one of the world's richest, at more than a billion dollars in net worth. He is the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel based in Mexico.

One of Guzman's sons, Alfredo, recently posted a Twitter photo with emoticons covering up one of the faces that is believed to have been Guzman. The location was set to Cost Rica, but it is unclear whether that is the island of Costa Rica, the city near the Cartel's home base or a diversionary tactic to throw off law enforcement officials. Chapo made his escape in July. The son of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada was arrested in Chicago and said he had immunity from the U.S. government and could not be arrested for smuggling billions of dollars of cocaine. Indeed, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla had struck a deal with the DEA in 2009 in exchange for information about the Sinaloa's rival cartels, according to a detailed report from RT. Why is this information important regarding the escape of Guzman, through which he escaped behind a shower area through a tunnel that involved the use of a modified motorcycle to move him quickly through the tunnel?

First, Guzman was not extradited the U.S. by the Mexican government, who supposedly had grievances against the U.S. for cutting such a deal with a major drug trafficker, thought to be the successor to Guzman for the kingpin status. After all, El Mayo's assets seized by the government totaled to more than a billion dollars worth alone. Because El Chapo Guzman was not extradited to the U.S., he was easily able to get out of the prison in Mexico. Forbes, the same publication that listed Chapo as one of the world's richest businessmen, also detailed the US-narco deal and its prickly relationship with Mexico over the secret deal. The Zambada son, known as "El Vicentillo" is considered to be the top witness against Chapo, that is if Mexico ever agrees to an extradition. There has been another arrest warrant issued for Guzman.

Several prison officials, including many at the top of the chain, were charged with aiding Guzman's escape from Altiplano prison, according to reports this year. The drug war in Mexico has claimed thousands of lives in the past decade, giving the border city, Cuidad Juarez the reputation of being the most dangerous city on Planet Earth. The city of just under a million residents has seen years with nearly 2,000 murders in a single calendar year, quite possibly making it more dangerous a place than places in the Middle East like Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan. El Universal reported that several other narcos have signed agreements to collude against rivals in exchange for deals from the U.S. government, it was reported by RT.

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