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New Footage Of Prison Escape By Mexican Drug Lord “El Chapo”

July 15, 2015

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the 58 year old leader of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico escaped from prison last week and now the Mexican government has released footage of his escape.

El Chapo has run the Sinaloa cartel for decades and has often been said to be far worse than infamous Latin American drug lord Pablo Escobar.

He was able to escape through a 20in x 20in hole in the floor of his shower, which was located in a blind spot of the camera set up for his 24 hour surveillance. The hole lead to a 1 mile long tunnel below the prison which was equipped with electricity, phone lines and even a crudely operated elevator.

According to Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, 49 people have been questioned in connection to the escape and that El Chapo likely got help from employees of the Altiplano maximum-security prison where he was imprisoned.

This was not the first time El Chapo made a daring escape from prison. In 2001, he famously escaped from a max-security prison in Jalisco, Mexico after a 1993 arrest in Guatemala. He was on the run for 13 years before authorities arrested him last year.

Read more at Time