U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Following 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Escape [October 20, 2015] [open pdf - 284KB]
Alternate Title: U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Following 'El Chapo' Guzman's Escape [October 20, 2015]
"The escape of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán on July 11, 2015, from a maximum security federal prison near Mexico City stunned Mexico. The mechanics of the escape--through a mile-long tunnel accessed by a shower stall in his cell--has added to the lore of the notorious drug trafficker who heads Mexico's dominant Sinaloa drug trafficking organization (DTO). Guzmán's escape for a second time--he escaped from another Mexican prison in 2001--has underscored the weakness of Mexico's criminal justice system and the entrenched corruption in the country. Despite this incident, and human rights concerns that have resulted in a loss of some $5.5 million in U.S. assistance, U.S.-Mexican security cooperation continues. Mexico extradited 13 high-profile criminals to the United States in September 2015. Then, acting on U.S. intelligence, Mexican marines reportedly came close to recapturing Guzmán in mid-October in the northwestern Sierra Madre mountains."
CRS Insight, IN10326
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html