Mexico’s government announced the capture of six people believed responsible for the July prison break by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the elusive drug lord’s brother-in-law and the suspected mastermind of the escape.
Atty. Gen. Arely Gomez said the alleged mastermind of the operation is a member of Guzman’s legal team who had access to the Altiplano prison near Mexico City and was able to notify the capo of the operation’s progress and receive instructions. The person also purportedly relayed orders and payments to others involved in the escape.
Others arrested included Guzman’s brother-in-law, believed to have supervised construction of the mile-long escape tunnel and organized transportation; a person who negotiated the purchase of the plot of land where the tunnel emerged; and an airplane pilot.