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Video: Watch the moment when “El Chapo” dropped into his prison escape hatch

Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

The Mexican government released CCTV footage of the drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaping his prison cell into a long underground tunnel that led him to freedom.

Guzman paces the cell, changes his shoes and eventually disappears at the 1:13 mark after entering the partitioned shower area–a blind spot for the security camera. There was a 20 inch-by-20 inch hole in the shower floor, through which Guzman descended 30 feet into a mile-long tunnel with lighting, ventilation, and a motorcycle on tracks, presumably used to shovel out dirt.

Guzman is the head of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug groups. This is his second prison escape, with the first being in 2001, when he reportedly hid in a laundry basket. After 13 years on the lam, he fleed only 17 months after being recaptured. His escape is a huge embarrassment for the government of president Enrique Peña Nieto.

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