07/13/15 The New York Times
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin whose capture last year had been trumpeted by his country’s government as a crucial victory in its bloody campaign against the narcotics trade, stepped into the shower in his cell in the most secure wing of the most secure prison in Mexico.
He never came out.
When guards later entered the cell, they discovered a 2-by-2-foot hole, through which Mr. Guzmán, known as El Chapo, or Shorty, had disappeared.
The prison break humiliated the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, which had proclaimed the arrest of Mr. Guzmán and leaders of other drug cartels as crucial achievements in restoring order and sovereignty to a country long beleaguered by the horrific violence associated with organized crime.