By now, anyone who follows the news has probably heard about the capture of El Chapo Guzman, the world’s most powerful drug kingpin, but if you’ve wondered just how he managed to stay hidden in plain sight for so many years after his first escape, here’s an inside look. According to Business Insider, “Guzman had a penchant for high-tech gadgetry to keep ahead of authorities, as AP reported on Wednesday. He utilized sophisticated communications equipment and scanners to detect surveillance. But it was his last ditch low-tech underground tunnel that helped him almost get away again. 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.” Continue reading for a video and more information.
Guzman made it safely through the labryinth of tunnels and fled south to Mazatlan. However, Mexican Marines and U.S. DEA agents had already set up a base of operations in the city. Fast forward to the morning of Saturday Feb. 22, Marines had located El Chapo in a condominum complex and surrounded the area. At approximately 6:40am, the soldiers knocked down the door to his fourth floor condo, seizing Guzman without a shot fired.