El Chapo's Henchmen Dug Two Tunnels for the Drug Lord's Escape

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As if Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison in 2015 wasn't embarrassing enough for the Mexican government, it's just been revealed that the drug lord's henchmen actually built two tunnels to get him out.

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According to Proseco magazine, the first mile-long tunnel went into the wrong cell, prompting the first mission to get the kingpin out to halt. An official quoted in the article says that El Chapo boasted about how easy it was to manipulate the El Altiplano prison.

"It was not complicated. The first time they wanted to release me they had the wrong cell, but then they corrected [the mistake] and I left," the 61-year-old allegedly said.

The second tunnel, the one El Chapo used to flee the prison, has been described as an engineering feat, as it had ventilation, lighting, oxygen tanks, scaffolding and a motorcycle contraption.

The drug lord’s lawyer claims his men bought the prison's blueprint and paid for many jail workers' silence.

PLUS: Mexican Officials Say 'El Chapo' Could be Extradited to the United States Early Next Year

El Chapo, who was recaptured on Jan. 8, is expected to be extradited to the United States.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor atLatina.com and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.

 

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