Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is a name that strikes fear into the hearts of many. The kingpin of the feared Sinaloa Cartel that represents an astonishing 40% of the global drugs trade and who Forbes Magazine describe as one of the “Worlds most powerful men”, has once again embarrassed the Mexican government with another audacious escape from maximum security Altiplano Federal Penitentiary.
Did the CIA help El Chapo?
The reports in the media are suggesting that Guzman casually breezed along a mile-long tunnel dug just for him via a hatch beneath the shower stall’s floor on a specially modified motorcycle to a nondescript house where Guzmán hopped on a waiting private jet to freedom.
Now, whilst this would sound like a great plot for a James Bond film — Just how plausible is it? Is there more to this story than meets the eyes?
We think so, and present our own theory as to what happened on that fateful day, and look at who we think was behind the greatest escape of all time…
There are many things that do not add up with the official narrative of events that is being put forward to the media, but first — we must remember that El Chapo was one of the worlds most wanted criminals and had previously escaped from another maximum-security prison which was a major embarrassment for the Mexican authorities and the president at the time, Enrique Peña Nieto.
It’s important to make this distinction, as I think it would be common sense to assume based on his background and history of successful escapes, that extra care would be taken by the Mexican Government to ensure Guzman didn’t make any further attempts to tarnish the damaged image he had previously been responsible for. President Enrique Peña Nieto had gone on the record after his last audacious escape to say that, “It would be unforgivable if he escaped again”.
With this in mind—
Why then was El Chapo’s GPS prisoner tracking bracelet deactivated before his escape?
Why did Prison officials deactivate the motion sensor alarms enabling Guzman’s people to excavate the complex, high-tech and highly precise tunnel into his cell?
Why did prison officials neglect cell rotation regulations which left him in the same cell for 17 months?
Why was the surveillance camera in Guzman’s cell moved in order to allow for a blind spot in the shower area?
Why was Guzman allowed an iPad which is clearly visible in his escape video?
Why was there not a person employed around the clock to watch his every move?
Why was there no investigation into the complaints from fellow inmates of “noisy drilling” coming from his cell, just days before drugs lord escaped?
Whilst one of these could be put down to an unfortunate oversight, all of them combined leave no other possible conclusion other than this was a well orchestrated conspiracy.
The tunnel itself has also come under heavy criticism from many who claim that this would have been far too complex, even for highly skilled and practised henchmen that El Chapo had working beneath him. Former senior official at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Alonzo Pena went as far as to say it would have simply been,
“Impossible” to have pulled it off under the noses of the prison authorities.
What I believe to be a much more plausible explanation is that the tunnels don’t connect, but were used solely to absolve the Mexican government of being involved in his escape and Guzman simply walked out the front door.
The first time Guzman escaped, in 2001, there was no tunnel and everyone blamed government officials for essentially opening the door and letting him walk out. They needed a diversion this time which is what this ‘tunnel’ is. It is likely not even connected on both sides. There is probably a couple of hundred yards of the tunnel at each opening with nothing in the middle. Vice Magazine recently visited the site of the escape and were strictly ordered by officials that they could not film beyond the entrances to the tunnels. What are they trying to hide?
Another theory which is now receiving traction online backed by 40 percent of Mexicans who were recently polled, did not believe the man paraded in front of the world’s cameras was in-fact Guzmán, but a body double which El Chapo had been widely reported as using on numerous occasions prior to his arrest.
Filmmaker Charlie Minn explored this theory in a documentary entitled “Es El Chapo?” or “Is It Chapo?” shot in the days and months following Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s arrest. Minn says he is convinced El Chapo was never captured during a raid on a seaside hotel-condominium tower in a Mexican beach resort last year.
“None of his bodyguards was around except for one, he usually has about 800 armed guards around him. Secondly, why is a billionaire like Chapo hanging out in an 89 dollar a night condominium?”
“The violence did not really change in Mexico after he was supposedly arrested; usually the violence will increase when a drug lord is taken down. And not a single shot was fired during his capture — normally when a drug lord goes down there’s a hail of gunfire.”
So who is part of the conspiracy and whats in it for them?
Well, historically the cartel has maintained close ties to the United States government which is one of the primary reasons why it has grown into such a successful business enterprise, so it would be ignorant not to assume that continuing to keep the relationship “alive” by freeing Guzman would be beneficial to both parties.
A report published in early 2014 by El Universal confirmed the arrangement, which included “an array of future benefits, including dropping charges pending against Sinaloa members “in exchange for information of rival drug cartels”.
The primary benefit for Guzman and Sinaloa Cartel would obviously be the ability to ship billions of dollars worth of narcotics into the United States without fear of DEA interference. A spokesman for the Mexican state of Chihuahua further confirmed this by telling the media that the CIA actually “manages” the drug’s trade rather than fighting it.
It is also interesting to note that in 2007, a Gulfstream Jet used by the CIA used to transport prisoners from Europe and America to Guantanamo Bay, crash landed in Mexico carrying a cargo of over four tons of cocaine, but that’s none of my business….
Whatever the truth behind El Chapo’s escape, it’s simply illogical to assume that the Mexican prison system could be so incompetent to allow Guzman to escape for the second time. A rogue prison guard would not have been able to pull this off alone, this needed the help of a much more powerful organisation in the CIA.
Sadly, any concrete evidence to prove the CIA’s involvement would almost certainly be sealed under the guise of “national security” and the farcical battle against “The war on drugs” shall continue, despite the tens of billions that has been spent that numerous analyses indicate has actually increased the flow of illegal drugs into America.