When Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from prison in central Mexico in July 11, 2015, it was quickly regarded as a stunning criminal feat.
It was soon discovered — as shown by the display above, from a new exhibit at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas — that the escape was also a marvel of clandestine engineering, featuring an elaborate tunnel passage designed by engineers trained in Germany specifically to build the tunnel.
Guzmán entered the mile-long tunnel through a 1.5-foot by 1.5-foot hole in the floor of cell shower. He then descended a 32-foot ladder into the tunnel, which was 5.5 feet high and 2-feet-7-inches wide.
He travelled through the tunnel — equipped with a motorcycle on a track and an air-ventilation system — to a partially constructed house adjacent to the prison. From there, he travelled back to northwest Mexico, to an area known as the Golden Triangle for its drug production and where he was safely ensconced in Sinaloa cartel territory.
He has since been locked up in the same prison he broke out of, as he awaits possible extradition to the US.
He is, however, under much more intense security.
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