See The Secret Underground Tunnels A Mexican Drug Lord Used To Escape Capture

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who evaded authorities for 13 years, had a network of tunnels under his bath.

1. Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman used a network of secret tunnels - including one hidden beneath his bathtub - to move between his houses and escape arrest.

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A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel at one of Joaquin Guzman’s houses in Culiacan.

2. Beneath the bathtub was a ladder that led down into the tunnel network - which itself exited into the city’s drainage system.

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3. Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, had been on the run from authorities since escaping from prison in a laundry truck in 2001.

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This picture shows part of Culiacan’s drainage system, which connected to a tunnel underneath one of the Guzman’s houses.

4. Guzman was captured on Saturday at a hotel in the beach resort of Mazatlan, in a joint operation between Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

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5. Just days before his arrest, Guzman had escaped from Mexican authorities through his network of tunnels.

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6. In 2013, Guzman was named “Public Enemy No. 1” by the Chicago Crime Commission, only the second person (after Al Capone) to be given that title.

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The Sinaloa cartel is said to be the most powerful drug cartel in the world. Guzman has outstanding indictments against him in the US for drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping, and other crimes.

(Above, a Reuters journalist stands outside a steel door leading from the city’s drainage system into a tunnel underneath Guzman’s house.)

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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