A grainy video recording broadcast by Mexico’s Televisa has shown how easy Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s escape really was.
At around 8:46 p.m. the first sounds of drilling can be heard over the television blaring in Guzmán’s cell.
At 8:52 p.m. the kingpin escapes from the camera’s view, down the elaborate tunnel network constructed underneath his cell shower.
It is only at around 9:17 p.m. when guards in the El Altiplano prison finally notice that El Chapo is missing.
Around 15 minutes later the guards enter the cell to find that Guzmán has escaped:
– Commander, can you hear me?
– What’s happened?
– There’s a hole in the shower.
– What’s happened?
– There’s a hole in the shower, Commander, a hole in the shower.
– Is there a hole?
– Affirmative, affirmative. There is a hole in the shower drain.
– What size?
– Big, Commander, big …
Mexican government has been accused for its levels of complicity in the case, Business Insider reports.
“The video exists and is crucial in identifying the level of complicity in (El) Chapo’s escape,” secretary of the Mexican Congress’ Bicameral Committee on National Security, Senator Alejandro Encinas commented.
Around 30 officials, guards and police have been arrested in connection with Guzmán’s escape, including the prison’s director, a definite blow for current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his supporters.
The aptly named “master of tunnels” escaped on July 11 through a 1.5 kilometer tunnel network.
The trail continues…
Governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa Mario López Valdez confirmed that the military are beginning operations in the area as the search for Guzmán broadens.
“The military personnel working in this area has been sent here from Mexico City, you all know who we are looking for and up to now we have had no results. This is one of the objectives for this special group,” he told Univision.
The hunt continues…