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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

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The Mexican government put a $3.8 million pricetag on his head, the Chicago Crime Commission once again dubbed him Public Enemy No. 1, and Donald Trump had a beef with him on Twitter.

Still, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman remained a free man Tuesday, three days after he disappeared from a Mexican prison shower, slipped through a mile-long tunnel and vanished into the night.

The director of Altiplano, the notorious yet apparently pregnable maximum security prison 50 miles outside of Mexico City, and two other prison employees have been fired. Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong provided few details, other than to say all “had something or a lot to do with what happened.”

 Scores of people have been interviewed to determine how Guzman put his plan together — and where he went. Most work for the prison. Chong said that lucrative bribes and ominous threats likely helped Guzman get away.

Authorities hope the reward of 60 million pesos ($3.8 million) will help get him back. Art Bilek, with the Chicago Crime Commission, isn’t very optimistic.

The commission on Tuesday named Guzman Public Enemy No. 1, a mantle Guzman claimed in 2013 until his capture a year later. Bilek said Guzman has a similar impact on Chicago as another former No. 1 — Al Capone.

Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the fugitive Mexican drug lord, appeared on Monday night to be taunting authorities and threatening US presidential hopeful Donald Trump while on the run.

The country’s most notorious cartel leader broke out of a maximum-security jail at the weekend in a Hollywood-style escape that saw him scurrying down an elaborate, mile-long tunnel dug under his cell.

Guzman and his supporters wasted no time lambasting Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto as a “coward” but reserved particular ire for Mr Trump, who has accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals to America.

A post riddled with obscenities on a Twitter account, reportedly run by the drug lord’s son Ivan, said the billionaire businessman would be made to “swallow his words”.

“Guzman, through his Sinaloa cartel, is the major supplier of narcotics in Chicago,” said Bileck, a retired director of training for the city police department. “And he is a savage man, as bad as they come.”

 

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