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Mexican politician releases photo of El Chapo to dispel rumors of third escape

July 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican politician releases photo of El Chapo to dispel rumors of third escape

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Social media erupted on Friday after rumors swirled of another escape for Mexico’s most notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, prompting the Mexican government to issue a photo dispelling the rumor.

The rumor had El Chapo’s name trending on social media worldwide on Friday night even though no reputable media organization had reported it, not even on the front pages of any of Mexico’s leading newspapers.

News of a third escape spread after several different websites published reports that Guzman had pulled off his hat trick by escaping prison a third time. One of the sites has since issued an apology.

However, without letting the facts get in the way of a good story, people kept on sharing, and the fake news spoof spread like wildfire. (The power of social media.)

The news frenzy prompted the Mexican government to release a new photo of the drug kingpin just dispel rumors he has pulled off another amazing flight from prison.

The head of Mexico’s interior ministry, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, released a photo on Twitter showing ‘El Chapo’ in his prison garb sitting alone in a prison room confirming he is still behind bars.

The notion of another escape would hardly surprise anyone. El Chapo first escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security facility in Jalisco back in 2001 in a laundry basket after paying off top prison officials.

He spent 13 years on the run which saw him build his Sinaloa cartel into the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world.

Guzman was captured in February 2014 in the resort city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa and sent to the Altiplano prison, Mexico’s most secure facility.

However, in July 2015, he would pull off his famous escape through a dugout 1.5-mile tunnel that led directly underneath his shower stall, which was seen as a worldwide embarrassment for the Mexican government.

After spending almost seven months on the lam, ‘El Chapo’ was apprehended again by Mexican Marines in the town of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

Guzman has since been transferred to a high-security prison near Ciudad-Juarez located just across the border from El Paso, Texas, where he remains awaiting the final decision on his extradition to the U.S. under heightened security conditions.

Last month a judge temporarily halted his extradition while his appeals are pending.

El Chapo’s supposed escape prompted scores of people to people inundate Twitter sparking funny memes and jokes on social media.

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At least not everyone believed the bull s**t story.

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