By Angus Macqueen for The Guardian. Caught again. That makes it three times that the Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo has been captured. The last two followed his fabled escapes from Mexico’s top security prisons. The first, improbably, in a laundry basket in 2001. The second caught on prison cameras of him calmly disappearing into a tunnel under the shower in his cell in 2015. We can only imagine what followed: the motorbike ride down a mile-long tunnel to freedom, purportedly smashing the overhead lighting with a stick as he went.
The theatre was magnificent, but both escapes were undoubtedly carried out in collusion with very senior figures right at the top of the Mexican government, people controlled by El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. After his escape last summer, 87% of Mexicans believed that even the president must have known something.