He is the most feared drug lord in Mexico. And now he's free. The moment he casually escaped from prison has been caught on video.
Drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has spent the past year and a half in solitary confinement under 24-hour surveillance, a monitoring bracelet on his wrist in Mexico's most secure prison. But during that time he managed to have a house built over a mile away from his cell and a tunnel built right to it.
On Saturday he escaped and the moment was caught on video. As the video shows, Guzmán sits down on the edge of his bunk and slips off his shoes. He pads back to the shower, kneels behind the wall and vanishes.
Guzmán’s allies had cut a square hole in the roughly two-inch-thick reinforced concrete floor, a feat of engineering — or inside help — that have yet to be fully explained. Authorities said the hatch dropped 30 feet underground to a tunnel that ran to a cinder-block house in the cornfields south of the prison.
The tunnel had pumped-in oxygen and a motorcycle on rails used to ferry dirt and supplies. Guzmán likely rode it on his way through the nearly mile-long tunnel.