When Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from prison in central Mexico on July 11, the event was quickly regarded as a stunning criminal feat.
It was soon discovered — as shown by the display below, 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 hole in the floor of his cell’s shower with a length and width of 1 1/2 feet. He then descended a 32-foot ladder into the tunnel, which was 5 1/2 feet high and 2 feet 7 inches wide.
He traveled 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 traveled back to northwest Mexico, to an area, known as the Golden Triangle for its drug production, where he was safely ensconced in Sinaloa cartel territory.