MEXICO – Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman has just escaped from the ‘Islas Marias Federal Prison’, which is located in the island Maria Madre in Mexico. The Islas Marias Federal Prison has a history of multiple escapes and escape attempts with 76 escapes in the last 25 years.
The Escape is one of the most intense and bloodiest escapes in history with over 64 cartel members and prison guards dead. An estimated 130 Sinaloa cartel members attacked the Prison armed with firearms, mostly AK-47’s, and helped El Chapo escape with brute force in less than an hour. The cartel members killed an estimated 45 prison guards, while only 19 cartel members were killed in the prison battle. El Chapo was taken away in a helicopter reportedly flying southeast towards South America.
The Mexican government has ordered a massive search to find El Chapo and requested to send thousands of troops to help any South American country “El Chapo” is seen in. Authorities believe he is heading towards Columbia. The U.S. military has deployed troops to Mexico to fight alongside the Mexican army against The giant Sinaloa cartel and its allies.