Mexico deploys thousands to hunt down fugitive “El Chapo”

Police have handed out 100,000 leaflets with Guzman's picture.
Police have handed out 100,000 leaflets with Guzman’s picture.


Mexico says it has stepped up its search for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from jail on Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it had deployed almost 10,000 police and 48 dogs to track down the fugitive leader of the Sinaloa cartel. Mexico is also co-operating with neighboring Guatemala and the United States to increase border controls.

Guzman’s escape from a top-security jail through a 1.5km-long tunnel is a major embarrassment for officials. It is the second time the drug cartel leader has escaped from a top-security Mexican jail.

More than 100 roadblocks have been set up on highways across Mexico and 100,000 leaflets with mug shots of Guzman have been distributed at toll booths. Airports have been put on alert and security personnel have been told to search any private flights taking off. Police are also searching hotels and hospitals for any trace of Guzman.

The government is offering a 60m peso ($3.8 million) reward for information leading to his capture.

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