Mexican lawmakers say drug lord 'El Chapo' had 18-minute head start on escape

July 17, 2015 7:02 AM

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Mexican lawmakers say drug lord 'El Chapo' had 18-minute head start on escape

July 16, 2015: Federal Police officer stands in the tunnel where according to authorities drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman made his escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City. Two Mexican lawmakers say at least 18 minutes had elapsed from when Mexico's most prized prisoner slipped into a mile-long tunnel Saturday night and when authorities became aware. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY – At least 18 minutes passed before anyone was alerted to the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, two Mexican lawmakers said Thursday.

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