Dogs keep guard of 'EL Chapo' at Mexico prison

Mexico City, 19 Jan (EFE).- Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is reportedly being guarded at prison by dogs trained to recognize his scent.

The so-called "smell-Chapo" dogs are part of new measures introduced in Mexico's Altiplano maximum security prison to ensure that any future escape plans are thwarted, El Universal newspaper reported.

Guzman escaped from the maximum security prison through an underground tunnel in July. He evaded authorities for almost six months, but was eventually recaptured on January 8 in the country's western Sinaloa state and returned to the prison.

Other new measures in place include reinforced steel bars in cells, extra security cameras, and equipment detecting movements in the ground, according to the El Universal report. It added that Guzman is being routinely moved between cells and kept under constant supervision by officials with cameras on their helmets.

Guzman's lawyers have complained that their client is being held incommunicado.