Notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a Mexican jail on July 11, through an elaborate mile-long tunnel beneath the shower in his cell. It was the second time Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison and the story is still unfolding.
NOBODY FIRED: No high-ranking official has been fired in connection with the escape. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday, ”We are not going to solve this issue by getting angry, and filling ourselves with rage… The only way to answer this insult without doubt is by recapturing this criminal.”
DEAD SPARROW: El Chapo may have used a tiny sparrow to test the air in the tunnel, The New York Times reported. According to the report, investigators found the body of a small bird in the trash can of El Chapo’s cell. The report says officials are calling the bird “Chapito.” It’s not clear how the bird died. Did El Chapo use it, then kill it and leave it in the trash?
FOLK HERO? In Sinaloa, where Guzman was born, and in some other parts of Mexico, Guzman is a sort of folk hero, The New York Times reports. Although his violent nature is well-known, the Times says he is seen as “an unusual combination of Robin Hood and billionaire, a source of mirth, grudging respect and even outright reverence because of his repeated ability to outfox the country’s deeply unpopular government.”