“This represents without a doubt an affront to the Mexican state. But I also have confidence in the institutions of the Mexican state … that they have the strength and determination to recapture this criminal.” said President Enrique Pena Nieto. “We may never find him again,” said Michael S. Vigil, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief of international operations. “El Chapo” faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the US and was on the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list. He is considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world and his fortune is estimated at more than $1bn. A search operation began immediately in the surrounding area and highways. No more flights were approved from Toluca airport, near the prison. The U.S. had offered more than $5 million USD for his capture.