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No, El Chapo Didn't Escape From Prison, But The Memes Are Funny Anyway

Seriously, though, he's still in prison.

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On Friday, rumors began spreading on the internet that notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán had escaped prison for the third time.

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But Mexico's secretary of the interior squashed the rumors, tweeting a photo of El Chapo in prison Friday.

Guzmán famously escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2001, and then again in 2015.

The rumor appears to have been spread through several fake news sources, like this spoof "ABC News" website:

Still, despite the rumors being proved false, Twitter users ran with it and produced some highly-fascinating reactions. "El Chapo" was even trending No. 1 on Twitter in the United States.

And because it's social media, the memes were unleashed:

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