Guards Played Solitaire as ‘El Chapo' Fled: Report

The men guarding Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were playing solitaire when he escaped from a high-security prison earlier this year, according to a Mexican newspaper. 

A pair of security guards had claimed that at 8:48 p.m., four minutes before it is believed the drug lord escaped on July 11, their computer monitors froze, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.

The guards originally claimed they then made more than two dozen calls to alert Almoloya prison's monitoring center — and that when they finally rebooted their equipment, the kingpin had vanished, according to journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.

Now a judge says, citing security video, the screens never froze but were probably turned off — and that guards Carlos Sanches Garcia and Jose Daniel Aureoles Tabares lied in their initial account of that night, according to the paper.

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