By now, you’ve probably heard about “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, escaping Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City. In addition to the help he may have received, a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel, 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface, was also discovered. Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, says that a complex tunnel like this one, complete with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line, would normally take 18 months to two years to complete. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“If anyone was capable of pulling off such a feat, it was Guzman, who is believed to have at least a quarter-century of experience in building large, sophisticated tunnels to smuggle drugs under the U.S.-Mexico border and to escape from hideouts as authorities closed in. His Sinaloa Cartel also has been most successful in coopting officials,” said Edgardo Buscaglia, an organized crime expert at Columbia University,” according to Business Insider.