ALMOLOYA DE JUÁREZ, MÉXICO – The world is getting to see what Mexican prison guards should have seen: the disappearance of Shorty Guzman.
The Mexican government released the surveillance video from the camera inside the cell of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. It shows Guzman pacing around and checking out his shower, the one we now know opens into a shaft that leads down into a mile-long, lighted, and ventilated tunnel.
In the video El Chapo finally heads over to his bunk where he slips on the shoes he’ll wear when he slips into the tunnel. And, then, without so much as a word or a wave, or even an abracadabra, El Chapo the Magician casually walks to the tunnel, taking nothing with him but the knowledge that he’s about to create the Mexican supermax version of The Great Escape.
Mexican officials also released a video of Guzman’s empty cell and tunnel. Security experts point out that Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel uses tunnels to smuggle drugs into the United States. Inside the prison tunnel: home-made excavating equipment revealing the sophistication of Shorty’s break-out plan.
Security experts believe El Chapo’s crew had blueprints of the prison, which let them dig from a phony construction site, to the exact spot below the shower in his prison cell, apparently without anyone noticing.