The Mexican businessman accused of financing the notorious jailbreak of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in July has been imprisoned in the same facility Guzmán escaped from, the BBC reported. Prosecutors say Manuel Trillo acted as the financial operator for the Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel, and financed the drug kingpin’s escape from the high-security Altiplano prison through a tunnel from his cell on July 11.
In addition to the jailbreak-related charges, Trillo also stands accused of using illicit funds to buy properties and goods for the cartel under false identities between 2012 and 2015. He was arrested in August, remanded three days later and now has a pending trial.
Investigators said Trillo and Guzmán’s other associates must have been planning the elaborate jailbreak since shortly after his arrest. The tunnel Guzmán escaped from was a mile long and would have taken time to construct, and his associates also bought a plot of land outside the prison and built a house there to disguise the tunnel’s exit, according to investigators.