How Mexican drug lord Guzman fled through tunnel in prison cell

Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a 1.5-kilometer (one-mile) long tunnel that was dug under the shower space of his prison cell in central Mexico, authorities said Sunday. After security cameras lost sight of Guzman late Saturday, guards went into the cell and found a hole 10 meters (33 feet) deep with a ladder, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.

Handout picture released by the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) showing Mexico’s Attorney General, Arely Gomez (2-R) looking at the alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison, at a house in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, on July 12, 2015. Guzman has escaped from a maximum-security prison, the government said Sunday, his second jail break in 14 years. The kingpin was last seen in the shower area of the Altiplano prison in central Mexico late Saturday before disappearing. “The escape of Guzman was confirmed”, the National Security Commission said in a statement. AFP PHOTO

The hole led to the huge tunnel with a ventilation and light system, Rubido said, adding that its exit was in a building that was under construction. A motorcycle on a rail system was found in the tunnel and is believed to have been used to transport tools and remove earth from the space, which was 1.7 meters high and around 80 centimeters (2.6 feet) wide.

Rubido said 18 prison guards will be interrogated by prosecutors in MexicoCity. Until Guzman escaped, Rubido said, “the day had gone on normally and at around 8:00 pm he was given his daily dose of medicine.”

The maximum-security prison is located 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of the capital inMexico State. Guzman had been jailed there since February 2014.

It is the second time in 14 years that Guzman has broken out of prison. The last time, in 2001, he hid in a laundry basket to escape from a prison in western Jalisco state.

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