Mexican authorities have confirmed that Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon, “El Negro” has escaped from a Culiacan, Sinaloa prison last week. El Negro is the eldest son of Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno “El Azul” one of the co-founders of the Sinaloa cartel, along with Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. It is not known if the elder narco ‘El Azul’ is dead or alive – some reports indicate he might have died of a heart attack in 2014.
Monzon, 45, was detained in January and held in the Aguaruto de Culiacan prison and about to be extradited to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican authorities have not confirmed how Monzon escaped. Several prison guards have been detained and are being questioned.
Last Thursday morning he was present for roll call and then later in the afternoon he was gone. Monzon escaped with four other prisoners, all members of the Sinaloa cartel. El Negro should have been placed in a maximum security prison or at the very least a prison outside of the very location where his narco base is, however a judge had suspiciously granted Monzon the right to stay in the local prison.
This escape is yet another embarrassment for Mexican authorities after much fanfare in January surrounding Monzon’s arrest. Officials identified the narco as “likely responsible for coordinating a drug distribution network” and “is also likely responsible for administering financial resources of a criminal organization.”
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