Soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on an highway in Contepec, in Michoacan state, July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alan Ortega
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Mexican security forces hunted early Monday for drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as authorities investigated whether he had inside help to escape prison through a tunnel under his cell's shower.It was the second time in 14 years that Guzman, the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, managed to flee a maximum-security prison, dealing an embarrassing setback to President Enrique Pena Nieto.Troops and police were deployed to find Guzman after he vanished late Saturday from the Altiplano prison, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Mexico City, after just 17 months behind bars.Guzman was able to slip out even though surveillance cameras were trained on his cell.Guzman's first escape was in 2001, when he slipped past authorities by hiding in a laundry cart in western Jalisco state.Authorities had already investigated a strange prison visit to Guzman in March, when a woman managed to see him by using a fake ID to enter the jail.
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