el chapo guzman
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on Jan. 8, 2016, following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images

2016 has been such an unpredictable year that you might not even blink an eye at reports that Joaquín Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," again escaped from prison this week.

But you should. Despite articles claiming the contrary, El Chapo remained Wednesday in Cefereso 9, a jail in Ciudad Juarez near El Paso, Texas, according to local NBC affiliate KTSM.

The confusion arose when El Diario, a Spanish-language newspaper, published a story with the headline "El Chapo is gone again!" The article went on to detail the gang leader's alleged jailbreak, which involved him walking to a window, tying a blanket to the rails, landing on the ground and jumping in a waiting helicopter. His escape, according to the story, triggered a manhunt.

The report wasn't so far-fetched: After all, El Chapo has escaped authorities twice — in 2001, by hiding in a laundry cart, and in 2015, via an underground tunnel — while serving time for drug trafficking charges. But Wednesday was Día de los Santos Inocentes, which in Mexico is celebrated with pranks and jokes a la April Fools' Day.

The El Diario article's final line confirmed the article was fake, noting that "on this day, in no man should you trust."

KTSM summed it up as such: "You got punked."

This wasn't the first time news of an El Chapo escape has gone viral. This past July, Mexican interior secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong had to tweet a photo of the kingpin in a prison cell in order to quash rumors of another jailbreak, Univision reported.

Meanwhile, in real news, El Chapo was due to be extradited to the United States within the first two months of 2017 — coinciding with the one-year anniversary of his capture. However, his lawyers have fought back against this deadline, claiming "that's not enough time" for his appeals to be processed in Mexico, Reuters reported.