Inmates with ties to El Chapo escape Mexican prison

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Three inmates with ties to narcotics kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from a Mexico City prison Wednesday, local reports said.

Víctor Manuel Félix Beltrán, who was the alleged chief financial officer of Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, as well as cartel members Luis Fernando Meza González, and Yael Osuna Navarro fled the South Men’s Preventative Prison, the Undersecretary of the Penitentiary System of Mexico City confirmed in a statement Tuesday.

Guzman famously managed to escape Mexican prison not once but twice — on a motorcycle and another time in a laundry basket.

It was not immediately clear how the men pulled off the escape.

Local authorities quickly implemented a search operation of nearby colonies in order to track down the fugitives.

Beltrán, who goes by the nickname “Lic Vicc,” is awaiting extradition to the US for his alleged role in the cartel.

He was indicted in Chicago federal court in 2009 on conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money laundering charges, and arrested in Mexico City in 2017.

The US Department of Treasury has described Beltrán, the son of prominent Mexican drug trafficker, Victor Félix Félix, as a “high-ranking Sinaloa cartel trafficker.”

Following the 2011 arrest of Félix Félix in Mexico, Beltrán took over his father’s drug-trafficking organization and served as a lieutenant for El Chapo’s sons, US federal officials have said.

Last year, a Brooklyn federal judge sentenced El Chapo to life in prison after he was convicted on a slew of drug-trafficking charges.

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