The PJ Tatler

7 Mexican Officials Charged with Aiding 'El Chapo' Escape

The Mexican government has announced that 7 prison officials have been charged with aiding the escape of the notorious cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from prison last wek.

The names of those charged have not been released, but how many of you believe that the ringleaders of this plot are among them?

CNN:

Seven people who worked in the maximum-security prison that held Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have been charged in connection with his escape, Mexico’s attorney general said Friday in a statement.

The prison workers will be jailed in the state of Guanajuato and the investigation continues, the statement said.

On Thursday, Mexico’s interior minister said that on the night Guzman escaped, it took 18 minutes for guards to arrive at his cell after they lost sight of him on surveillance video.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the guards’ response time contributed to his July 11 escape from the facility west of Mexico City.

Gee…ya think? If they’re innocent, they are working at the absolute worst “Super Max” prison in the world.

Guzman’s cell was videotaped 24 hours a day. But the surveillance had two blind spots for privacy — the toilet and the shower.

Closed-circuit video from July 11 shows him going to the shower fully clothed twice and bending down behind a wall. After the second time, he never resurfaced in the cell.

It’s likely prison workers helped Guzman break out, the interior minister said this week. Osorio Chong said he has already fired the prison director and other prison officials.

Mexican authorities announced a $3.8 million reward for information leading to Guzman’s capture.

Yeah — not too suspicious, going into a shower fully clothed. Maybe he wanted to do some laundry?

And that reward is a joke. El Chapo could triple that amount and pay anyone who was going to rat him out. Or, more likely, they would end up with a bullet in the head buried in the desert if they tried to turn him in.

I would arrest the entire compliment of guards and staff at the prison. Are we to believe that no one — not one single prison employee – heard the construction of a mile long tunnel?

Maybe they thought it was prairie dogs.

Mexico isn’t necessarily losing the war against the cartels, but they aren’t winning it either. Until they find a way to get a handle on the massive corruption of law enforcement that allows the cartels to operate with impunity in many areas of the country, they run the risk of seeing their entire society descend into violent chaos.