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Mexican Official Tweets Apparent 'El Chapo' Picture to Dispel Escape Rumors

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Image: Alleged photo of El Chapo in jail
Alleged photo of El Chapo Guzman in jail. This photo has not been confirmed by NBC News.Miguel A.OsorioChong / via Twitter

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Now you see him.

After rumors surfaced on social media that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had escaped prison a third time, Mexico's Interior Secretary tweeted a picture late Friday showing a person appearing to be the notorious drug kingpin sitting in prison.

"For the rumors: an image," Mexican Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong wrote in Spanish on Twitter, accompanying a picture of a computer monitor showing Guzman at a square table in a room with white walls and doors. The computer's time reads 8:05 p.m. on July 8.

NBC News has not verified the credibility of the image.

Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, busted out of prison in 2001, making him the world's most wanted drug trafficker until his capture in February 2014. But in July 2015, Guzman disappeared again after escaping from a maximum security prison in Mexico through a tunnel in his cell.

Related: New Prison for 'El Chapo' Seen as Less Secure

Guzman was recaptured in January, and was later transferred to the Cefereso No. 9 prison on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. His extradition to the U.S. has been repeatedly approved, but the process can take months pending additional legal actions, suspensions and appeals.

Recent rumors that Guzman had escaped again reportedly stemmed from a hoax article, which led Twitter users to react:

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