In the midst of Donald Trump’s absurd race for the presidency, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord escapes from prison. It almost seems too ironic to be true, right? You can only imagine the memes social media users had loaded in the arsenal for this happening. Had this not been his second escape though, a cynic might have thought it was staged, but Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is no laughing matter. Head of what the U.S. Justice Department calls “one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels,” Guzman must be put behind bars, again.
The Mexican society is absolutely enraged by the news of Guzman’s second successful prison break and may have reason to doubt his speedy return to the pen given past history. He made his great escape through a tunnel connected to the showers, where he was last seen by prison guards of the maximum-security Altiplano Federal prison. Once they had realized they could no longer see him on the surveillance cameras, they rushed to his cell only to find it vacant. So much for maximum security. Considering his reputation and detriment to not only Mexico, but the United States as well, it does seem laughable that Guzman could escape again after fleeing a high-security prison in a laundry cart back in 2001.
Security analyst Ana Maria Salazar calls this “a huge embarrassment for the Mexican government,” also raising concerns about the questions and criticism that their justice system will now face. Following his escape in 2001, Guzman was not again arrested until 2014. Will it be another 13 years before he is put back where he belongs, and if and when he is, it is obvious an all-out security plan must be set in place. An effective one.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that feds will be working with Mexican officials during the manhunt given the drug trafficking charges Guzman also faces in the United States. Maybe Donald Trump was onto something if you look beyond the extremely ignorant remarks. I imagine he is basking in his glory somewhat, but his tweet earlier today confirmed it. Trump tweeted: “Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!”
He did. But now is either not the time for the continuation of the Trump tirade or the time to turn his words into significant action. The manhunt is on. If not caught within the next 48 hours, “he’s going to assume all command of the Sinaloa Cartel,” according to Mike Vigil, the former chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration and that would just be unacceptable.