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Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Once Used To Escape

For over 13 years, Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpin lived on the run, staying well ahead of authorities. Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts he was facing in a Brooklyn federal court … and he’s now facing life in prison.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

He was extradited to the U.S. in 2017, and when his criminal trial got underway — there were a series of weird motions and rulings about his life behind bars.

Guzman had a penchant for high-tech gadgetry to keep ahead of authorities. He utilized sophisticated communications equipment and scanners to detect surveillance. A few years ago, it was his last-ditch low-tech underground tunnel that helped him almost get away. With Mexican Marines surrounding his house, temporarily hampered by a steel-reinforced door, Guzman fled through a secret door beneath a bathtub into his tunnel network.

Making it safely through the labyrinth of tunnels, Guzman fled south to Mazatlan. Unfortunately for him, Mexican Marines and U.S. DEA agents had set up a base of operations in the city, according to AP.

Early on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, 2014 Marines had located him in a condominium complex and surrounded the area. Before sunrise at 6:40 a.m., Marines smashed open the door to his fourth floor condo, seizing Guzman without a single shot fired.

With the Marines as guides, Reuters photographer Daniel Becerril shows us what the Mexican drug lord escape tunnel looks like:

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel and exits in the city’s drainage system at one of the houses of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A steel ladder leads to the bottom of a removable bathtub at one of the houses of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, inside a tunnel leading to the city’s drainage system in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

The bottom of a removable bathtub at one of the houses of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is seen inside a tunnel leading to the city’s drainage system in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A steel ladder leads to the bottom of a removable bathtub at one of the houses of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman, inside a tunnel leading to the city’s drainage system in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A tunnel from one of the houses of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman leading to the city’s drainage system is pictured in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

An open steel door leads from a tunnel underneath one of the houses of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the city’s drainage system in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

An open steel door leads from the city’s drainage system to a tunnel underneath one of the houses of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A Reuters journalist stands outside a steel door leading from the city’s drainage system into a tunnel underneath one of the houses of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

Journalists use flashlights while walking through the city’s drainage system towards a tunnel that comes out of one of the houses of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

Part of the city’s drainage system which leads to a Mexican drug lord escape tunnel underneath one of the houses of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is seen in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A Mexican Marine points his weapon in the city’s drainage system after walking through a connecting tunnel underneath the houses of Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman during a presentation for the media in Culiacan.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A Mexican Marine stands in the city’s drainage system after walking through a connecting tunnel underneath the houses of Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Inside The Secret Tunnel That Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Once Used To Escape

A drain exit which leads to the Mexican drug lord escape tunnel  underneath one of the houses of Joaquin “Chapo”Guzman is seen in a neighborhood in Culiaca.

I’ve heard of these before but seeing the images brings a whole new perspective to the stories. This Mexican drug lord escape tunnel is something right out of a Hollywood movie.

Guzmán, 61, was found guilty on all 10 counts and was sentenced to life in prison in July of 2019.

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