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Welcome back… behind bars: First picture emerges of El Chapo at maximum security prison where he is now being guarded by dogs after escaping from there twice before {F}

Sean Penn Says The Mexican Government Purposely Put His Life In Danger By Claiming His Meeting With Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Led To The Drug Lord's Capture (VIDEO)

First picture of El Chapo in his cell at Mexico's Altiplano prison

  • Mexican drug lord seen with his hands and legs shackled in his prison cell
  • Sinaloa cartel boss escaped from the Altiplano prison just six months ago
  • Underground tunnel he escaped from still open but guards blocking exit
  • Security has been ramped up around jail, now guarded by two battle tanks
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Shackled at the legs with his head bowed, this is said to be Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman behind bars once again.

World-renowned Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola claims this is the first picture of the notorious cartel boss inside his cell at the maximum-security Altiplano prison.

El Chapo became the world's most wanted man when he escaped from the same prison in July through a mile-long underground tunnel in what his second jail break from the facility.

This time, however, prison bosses promise there will be no chance of escape after massively ramping up security.

Welcome back: World-renowned Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola claims this is the first picture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in his cell at Altiplano prison where he escaped six months ago

Welcome back: World-renowned Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola claims this is the first picture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in his cell at Altiplano prison where he escaped six months ago

Caught: Six months after escaping Altiplano jail through a mile long underground tunnel, El Chapo (pictured) was arrested by Mexican Marines in his home state of Sinaloa on January 8

Caught: Six months after escaping Altiplano jail through a mile long underground tunnel, El Chapo (pictured) was arrested by Mexican Marines in his home state of Sinaloa on January 8

The Sinaloa cartel chief has been moved seven times in his first five nights, with staff planning to shuffle him between at least 30 cells, it was reported by El Universal.

He will also be guarded by a squad of dogs dubbed 'Smell Chapo' which are trained to detect his scent. 

Federal agents with cameras attached to their helmets will also work in two-hour shifts to keep a strict eye on the prisoner.

Renato Sales, Mexico's National Security commissioner, told Radio Formula that Guzman has no privileges, not even the ones he enjoyed in his earlier prison stint and that he was especially upset when forced to get all of his hair cut off.  

Meanwhile, construction work outside the prison has sparked fears the drugs kingpin may be trying to pull another audacious jailbreak.

El Chapo fled through an underground tunnel, which took a year to construct but was muted by the 'deafening drilling' of building works directly adjacent to the prison.  

Now back in the hands of the authorities, the latest digging outside the jail has prompted speculation that he is plotting yet another bid to get out.

And people living near the jail say if he is capable of getting out twice, he can do it a third time – as he fights extradition to the US. 

'El Chapo is a hero to many ordinary Mexicans for defying the government,' said Teresa Lopez, who owns a hardware store beside the prison. 'I certainly wouldn't put it past him to escape again.'

Tunnel used by Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' in second escape
Guarded: Despite high levels of security outside Altiplano (pictured), not a single Mexican soldier could say, with absolute certainty, that El Chapo would not escape for a third time

Sealed off: El Chapo's original escape tunnel has not been blocked at either end, but the exit is heavily guarded by state and federal officers

His original escape tunnel has not been blocked at either end, but the exit is heavily guarded by state and federal officers.

For this reason, the idea that El Chapo might use his original tunnel to escape the prison is unlikely.

The water pressure inside is far too great... If El Chapo managed to get into one of those pipes he'd be drowned or crushed within seconds
Construction worker, on worksite entering Altiplano's grounds 

The world's most wanted man is thought to never spend two consecutive nights in the same room and is moved to a new, random cell by the prison guards every night.

The worksite around the prison, dedicated to the construction of a pipeline which will carry water to drought ridden Mexico City, is slung throughout with heavy machinery, excavation equipment and mountains of dirt.

The worksite also enters Altiplano's grounds, although technicians negated any chance of escape through the pipeline itself.

'The water pressure inside is far too great,' one technician informed MailOnline. 'If El Chapo managed to get into one of those pipes he'd be drowned or crushed within seconds.'

Security has been ramped up around Altiplano, with two military checkpoints required to pass within 500 metres of the perimeter fence, 24-hour federal police patrols, K-9 units and even two battle tanks guarding the main entrance.

El Chapo's son Ivan (pictured), thought to be the successor to his multi-billion dollar cartel business, threatened the Mexican president after his father was recaptured
Planning: El Chapo's other son Alfredo (pictured) suggested another jailbreak was being planned by tweeting: 'Here we go again through this process'

Sons El Chapo's son Ivan (left), thought to be the successor to his multi-billion dollar cartel business, threatened the Mexican president after his father was recaptured. His other son Alfredo (right) suggested another jailbreak was being planned by tweeting: 'Here we go again through this process'

Despite the high level of security, not a single Mexican soldier or Federal Police officer that MailOnline spoke to could say, with absolute certainty, that El Chapo would not escape for a third time.

The Sinaloa Cartel is better equipped than we are, and we'd have to put up a good fight if they came with their guns blazing... But there's certainly more pressure on us now to ensure that their boss remains in state custody
Federal Police officer

'Who knows?' said one Federal Police officer charged with overseeing the security operation, who wished to remain anonymous. 

'The Sinaloa Cartel is better equipped than we are, and we'd have to put up a good fight if they came with their guns blazing.

'But there's certainly more pressure on us now to ensure that their boss remains in state custody'.

The prison director on whose watch El Chapo made his escape, Valentín Cárdenas Lerma, is now himself an inmate of the correctional facility.

Local residents say that activity around the prison has surged since El Chapo's re-capture and some have been taking advantage of the increased traffic to launch their own moneymaking schemes.

Hilario Rodriguez, 17, who lives beside the only access route to the prison can be found, shovel in hand, constructing a speed bump on the road in order to slow traffic and ask for donations.

'I hope El Chapo escapes soon', he told MailOnline, 'The more traffic that moves along this road, the more money I make'.

Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo led to his recapture

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Check Out the 15 Minute Intense SHOOTOUT between Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Gunmen and the Military {VIDEO}

Sean Penn sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose for a conversation about his meeting with drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and what he believes is misinformation being spread by the Mexican government regarding the interview he conducted for Rolling Stone.

Charlie Rose: Do you believe the Mexican government released this (information) because they wanted to see you blamed and to put you at risk?

Sean PennYes

Rose: They wanted to encourage the cartel to put you in their crosshairs?

PennYes

Rose: Are you fearful for your life?

PennNo

The meeting was facilitated by actress Kate del Castillio.

Kate del Castillio

“There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was — as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted — ‘essential’ to his capture,” Penn said. “We had met with him many weeks earlier…on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured. Here’s the things that we know: We know that the Mexican government … they were clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did,” he continued. “Well, nobody found him before they did. We didn’t — we’re not smarter than the DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation.”

Penn feels that the "war on drugs" has failed and that the real intention of his interview with El Chapo has now been lost.

"I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores it's purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy on the war on drugs," the actor explained. "Let's go to the big picture of what we all want. We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want the killings in Chicago to stop. We are the consumer. Whether you agree with Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there. And if you are on the moral right or on the far left, just as many of your children are doing these drugs. And how much time have they spent in the last week since this article came out talking about that?"

The full interview will air Sunday, January 17, on CBS' "60 Minutes."

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Sean Penn & Actress Kate Del Castillo Under Investigation For Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Rolling Stone Interview. Sen. Marco Rubio Calls The Meeting "Grotesque" (Video)

On Friday, January 8, Mexican marines launched a pre-dawn raid dubbed "Operation Black Swan" on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's hideout in the Sinaloa city of Los Mochis.

Five of the drug kingpin's associates were killed, six injured and several captured. One marine suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Guzman escaped the initial raid through storm drains and exited a manhole in the street. He and an associate carjacked a vehicle, but were eventually caught.

He had been the subject of a manhunt since escaping from Altiplano prison, 50 miles outside of Mexico City, on July 11, 2015.

The marines were wearing GoPro cameras during the raid. 15-minutes of footage has now been released. 

Check it out below.

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Sean Penn LED authorities to El Chapo: Actor under investigation after meeting with world's most wanted drug lord while he was on the run in Mexico - unwittingly guiding officials to his lair

Mexican government sources are now investigating Sean Penn and actress Kate del Castillo, the woman who helped to set up the meeting between the actor and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, according to ABC News

A source told Reuters that authorities want to speak with the two about possible money laundering, although the source didn't explain further.

Guzman, who has now been captured in large part because of his contact with Penn, was on the run after escaping from Altiplano prison, 50 miles outside of Mexico City, on July 11, 2015.

The drug kingpin avoided detection as he slipped into a tunnel that led up to the shower in his prison cell.

Guzman and Penn met at an undisclosed location in October, because of the Sinaloa Cartel leader's desire to have "the story of his life told on film." Follow-up interviews took place over the phone and in video.

Screen shot from El Chapo's interview with Sean Penn via Rolling Stone.

The interview has now been published in an article by Rolling Stone.

"I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men. But I'm in my rhythm. Everything I say to everyone must be true. As true as it is compartmentalized. The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be f***** with.," Penn wrote. "This will be the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room, leaving me no precedent by which to measure the hazards. I'd seen plenty of video and graphic photography of those beheaded, exploded, dismembered or bullet-riddled innocents, activists, courageous journalists and cartel enemies alike. I was highly aware of committed DEA and other law-enforcement officers and soldiers, both Mexican and American, who had lost their lives executing the policies of the War on Drugs. The families decimated, and institutions corrupted."

"I took some comfort in a unique aspect of El Chapo's reputation among the heads of drug cartels in Mexico: that, unlike many of his counterparts who engage in gratuitous kidnapping and murder, El Chapo is a businessman first, and only resorts to violence when he deems it advantageous to himself or his business interests," Penn continued. "It was on the strength of the Sinaloa cartel's seemingly more calculated strategies (a cartel whose famous face is El Chapo, but also includes the co-leadership of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada) that Sinaloa had become dominant among Mexico's criminal syndicates, extending far beyond the rural northwestern state, with significant inroads to all principal border areas between the United States and Mexico – Juarez, Mexicali, Tijuana, and reaching as far as Los Cabos."



Despite the precautions Penn says he took to make sure the meetings were kept secret, Mexican authorities were aware of communications between the two and used them to track Guzman down.

"Another important aspect that helped locate him was discovering Guzman's intention to have a biographical film made. He contacted actresses and producers, which was part of one line of investigation," Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez said on Friday.

Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio expressed his disgust Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” upon learning of Penn's contact with Guzman.

“If one of these American actors who have benefited from the greatness of this country, who have made money from our free enterprise system, want to go fawn all over a criminal and a drug trafficker in their interviews, they have a Constitutional right to do it,” Rubio said. “I find it grotesque.”

This was the second time Guzman had escaped prison. He was first caught in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico. He escaped from a high-security prison in Jalisco state in 2001.

Guzman has been taken back to Altiplano prison after being re-arrested following a gunfight with Mexican marines in the Sinaloa city of Los Mochis on Friday, January 8. Five of his associates were killed, six injured and several captured.

Weapons confiscated during raid

Dead associate of El Chapo

Talks of him being extradited to the United States are underway.

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Drug Kingpin Juan "El Chapo" Guzman Has Been Captured By Mexican Authorities *STORY UPDATED* (Video/Arrest Photos Added)Sean Penn under investigation after meeting with El Chapo Guzman in Mexico

  • Sean Penn met with El Chapo while he was on the run in Mexico last year 
  • Jungle meeting was organized by Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and a fixer, with the permission of the Sinaloa cartel 
  • Drug lord admitted to supplying more heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana than anyone else
  • He also boasted of having a fleet of submarines, boats, trucks and planes
  • Told Penn he sent a team of engineers to Germany to learn how to safely construct the tunnel into the maximum security prison he fled from in July
  • Actor did not turn El Chapo in as he did not want to 'f***' with his trust 
  • El Chapo was recaptured on Friday in a deadly raid by Mexican marines 
  • Mexican official said Penn interview led them to El Chapo's hideout 
  • Penn & del Castillo are now under investigation in Mexico, authorities said


Mexican marines had barely faced down .50-caliber sniper guns and a loaded grenade launcher to recapture the world's most notorious drug lord when the calls started coming: Extradite Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States. And soon.

Mexico's leaders avoided talk about extradition following Guzman's capture early Friday, but even if they decided to send him to the U.S., the process likely would not be fast. For now, they have sent him back to the Altiplano maximum-security prison from which he escaped in July.

Guzman, head of the powerful, international Sinaloa Cartel, was presented late Friday in dark blue athletic clothing. He was frog-marched to a helicopter by marines, who stopped mid-transit and turned his expressionless face toward the media for a clear view.

The calls for his quick extradition were the same as those after the February 2014 capture of Guzman, who faces drug-trafficking charges in several U.S. states. At the time, Mexico's government insisted it could handle the man who had already broken out of one maximum-security prison, saying he must pay his debt to Mexican society first.

Then Guzman escaped a second time on July 11 under the noses of guards and prison officials at Mexico's most secure lock-up, slipping out an elaborate tunnel that showed the country's depth of corruption while thoroughly embarrassing the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

In celebrating Guzman's latest capture, Mexican officials showed none of their bravado of two years ago, though they made clear that the intelligence building and investigation were carried out entirely by Mexican forces. They did not mention extradition.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, flanked by Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, left, and National Defense Secretary Slavador Cienfuegos Zepeda, applauds during a press conference following the capture of fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

"They have to extradite him," said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst in Mexico. "It's almost a forced move."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, echoed that sentiment, demanding that Guzman be immediately turned over to U.S. authorities. "Given that 'El Chapo' has already escaped from Mexican prison twice, this third opportunity to bring him to justice cannot be squandered," Rubio said.

Pena Nieto went on Twitter to announce the capture: "Mission accomplished: we have him."

Guzman, a legendary figure in Mexico who went from a farmer's son to the world's top drug lord, was apprehended after a shootout between gunmen and Mexican marines at the home in Los Mochis, a seaside city in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

Apparently Guzman thought his story was worthy of Hollywood. Part of the reason authorities tracked him down to a house in an upscale neighborhood in a coastal city was because he wanted to film a biopic, Attorney General Arely Gomez said late Friday at the airport ceremony where the prisoner was shown off to the press.

"For that he established communication with actresses and producers, which became a new line of investigation," she said.

Friday's operation resulted from six months of investigation and intelligence-gathering by Mexican forces, who located Guzman in Durango state in October but decided not to shoot because he was with two women and a child, she said. After that he took a lower profile and limited his communication until he decided to move to Los Mochis in December.

Gomez said that one of Guzman's key tunnel builders led them to the neighborhood in Los Mochis, where authorities did surveillance for a month. The team noticed a lot of activity at the house Wednesday and the arrival of a car early Thursday morning. Authorities were able to determine that Guzman was inside the house, she said.

The marines decided to close in early Friday and were met with gunfire. Five suspects were killed and six others arrested. One marine was injured.

"You could hear intense gunfire and a helicopter; it was fierce," said a neighbor, adding that the battle raged for three hours, starting at 4 a.m. She refused to be quoted by name in fear for her own safety.

Gomez said Guzman and his security chief, "El Cholo" Ivan Gastelum, were able to flee via storm drains and escape through a manhole cover to the street, where they commandeered getaway cars. Marines climbed into the drains in pursuit. They closed in on the two men based on reports of stolen vehicles and they were arrested on the highway.

The troops took them to the roadside hotel Doux, where they awaited reinforcements, Gomez said.

In 2014, Guzman evaded capture by fleeing through a network of interconnected tunnels in the drainage system under Culiacan, the Sinaloa state capital.

"The arrest of today is very important for the government of Mexico. It shows that the public can have confidence in its institutions," Pena Nieto said later in a public address. "Mexicans can count on a government decided and determined to build a better country."

What happens now is more crucial for Guzman, whose cartel smuggles multi-ton shipments of cocaine and marijuana as well as manufacturing and transporting methamphetamines and heroin, mostly to the U.S.

The United States filed requests for Guzman's extradition last June 25, just days before he escaped from prison. In September, a judge issued a second provisional arrest warrant on U.S. charges of organized crime, money laundering, drug trafficking and homicide, among others. But Guzman's lawyers already had filed appeals and received injunctions that could delay the extradition process for months or even years.

Marines seized two armored vehicles, eight rifles, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher at the home in Los Mochis, the navy's statement said.

Photos showed that two of the seized rifles were .50-caliber sniper guns, capable of penetrating most bullet-proof vests and cars. The grenade launcher was found loaded, with an extra round nearby. An assault rifle had a 40-mm grenade launcher and at least one grenade.

"The arrest is a significant achievement in our shared fight against transnational organized crime, violence, and drug trafficking," the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement.

After his first capture in Guatemala in June 1993, Guzman was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He reportedly made his 2001 escape from the maximum security prison in a laundry cart, though some have discounted that version.

His second escape last year was even more audacious. He fled down a hole in his shower stall in plain view of guards into a mile-long tunnel dug from a property outside the prison. The tunnel had ventilation, lights and a motorbike on rails. Construction noise as a digger broke through from the tunnel to his cell was obvious inside the prison, according a video of Guzman in his cell just before he escaped.

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Associated Press writers E. Eduardo Castillo, Mark Stevenson, Christopher Sherman and Maria Verza in Mexico City and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

 

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Escaped cartel kingpin El Chapo 'is suffering from face and leg injuries' after showdown with Mexican marines

The most wanted fugitive in North America has been captured alive.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made the announcement Friday, January 8, via Twitter that Juan "El Chapo" Guzman was in police custody. 

"Mission accomplished: We have him. I want to inform Mexicans Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested," Nieto wrote. "My appreciation to the Security Cabinet of the Government of the Republic for this important achievement for the rule of law in Mexico."


Guzman, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, has been on the run since escaping from the Altiplano Federal Prison, a maximum security facility located 50 miles outside of Mexico City.


The daring escape took place on July 12, 2015. Guzman got away when he slipped into the shower in his cell and climbed down a 32-foot tall ladder and made his way to freedom using a mile long tunnel that had been recently constructed.

In August, the U.S. offered a $5 million reward for his capture. This was the second time Guzman had escaped from a Mexican prison. The first time it took thirteen years to recapture him.

Authorities came close to catching Guzman in October. He got away, but reportedly suffered injuries to his face and one leg.

This is a developing story...

**UPDATE**

CBS News is reporting that Guzman was captured in a home in the city of Los Mochis, in his home state of Sinaloa, following a shootout with Mexican marines, who had been tipped off to the location.

Home El Chapo was captured in

Five suspects were killed in the gun battle and one marine suffered a non-life threatening injury. Six suspects were arrested.

Weapons seized during raid

Below are several arrest photos and videos.

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7 Officials Arrested Over The Prison Escape Of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (Video)

El Chapo Guzman (pictured during his arrest in 2014), was cornered by Mexican marines last week but escaped during a gunfight, though he is believed to have sustained face and leg wounds

  • Cartel boss El Chapo escaped from high security Mexican jail back in July 
  • Last week U.S. drug police intercepted data from his mobile phone
  • Mexican marines sent to get him but got caught in a vicious gun battle
  • El Chapo escaped, but is now reported to have face and leg wounds

Escaped cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman who evaded capture by Mexican marines when they cornered him last week is suffering from face and leg injuries, it has been reported.

Guzman, Mexico's most wanted man, has been hunted by the government for the last four months since he broke out of Altiplano prison through an underground tunnel.

Last week he was traced to a ranch in Cosala, in the Sierra Madre mountains, after U.S. agents tacked his phone, but he slipped the net when marines sent to capture him came under fire.

However, according to NBC News, Guzman didn't escape the clash unscathed and is thought to have suffered face and leg wounds.

El Chapo Guzman (pictured during his arrest in 2014), was cornered by Mexican marines last week but escaped during a gunfight, though he is believed to have sustained face and leg wounds

El Chapo Guzman (pictured during his arrest in 2014), was cornered by Mexican marines last week but escaped during a gunfight, though he is believed to have sustained face and leg wounds

Marines tracked Guzman to the Sierra Madre mountains after U.S. drug agents intercepted data from his phone, but the kingpin slipped the net (pictured, marines clear marijuana from the same mountains in 2009)

Marines tracked Guzman to the Sierra Madre mountains after U.S. drug agents intercepted data from his phone, but the kingpin slipped the net (pictured, marines clear marijuana from the same mountains in 2009)

The marines first approached Guzman's supposed hideaway be helicopter, but were forced to retreat after coming under fire from people believed to be his guards.

They later launched another assault on foot, but by the time they arrived, the notorious leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was gone.

Instead they found only medication, cell phones used to trace them, and two-way radios.

After Guzman's escape troops shut off 13 communities from Jesus Maria – 30 miles north of the state's capital Culiacan – to the nearby states of Durango and Chihuahua, in order to search for him.

Hundreds of troops were said to have flooded the area and many locals fled their homes, however the search for the crime boss has shown up nothing since. 

Guzman's gang are in control of the vast northwest region he is hiding in, meaning there is likely no shortage of people willing to assist him, either through loyalty or fear.

He is the billionaire boss of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, and was locked up after his capture by security forces in northwestern Mexico in February 2014.

Until then, Guzman had been on the run from another prison break he staged in 2001 after he was carried to freedom, hidden inside a laundry basket.

Guzman escaped for a second time on July 11 this year after his cartel's engineering unit created a mile-long tunnel leading under the jail.

Emerging underneath the shower in his cell, CCTV shows El Chapo escaping into it through a hatch hidden in his shower before feeling to gang territory.

El Chapo was arrested in 2014 after 13 years on the run, and was locked in Altiplano prison, though managed to escape after cartel members dug a tunnel under his cell (pictured, El Chapo shortly before he escaped)

El Chapo was arrested in 2014 after 13 years on the run, and was locked in Altiplano prison, though managed to escape after cartel members dug a tunnel under his cell (pictured, El Chapo shortly before he escaped)

El Chapo fled down the tunnel (pictured), which was equipped with air vents, oxygen tanks and even a motorbike mounted on rails to allow for a quick getaway

El Chapo fled down the tunnel (pictured), which was equipped with air vents, oxygen tanks and even a motorbike mounted on rails to allow for a quick getaway

The tunnel itself was equipped with lights, air vents, and even a motorbike mounted on rails to reduce the time needed to get away.

At the other end of the tunnel, which surfaced in the middle of a building site, a pile of clothes was left waiting for him, allowing him to blend in with the public after escaping.

After his break-out. El Chapo bragged about spending $50million bribing prison guards to turn a blind eye while he made his getaway.

The boss of the prison has since been fired, while it was revealed that all the wardens supposed to be watching him on the night in question were forced to take an hour break as he escaped.

CCTV officers charged with watching Guzman's cell were also caught playing Solitaire on their monitors, leaving the cameras unattended as he slipped into his escape tunnel.

Yesterday audio from the cameras was released for the first time, showing that there was a loud banging noise coming from the shower in the moments before Guzman fled.

The billionaire drug boss can even be heard turning up the volume on a TV device on his bed in an attempt to drown the noise out, but guards failed to notice.

It was more than 20 minutes before anyone checked Guzman's cell and found him gone, and another nine minutes before officers got in and chased him.

Video retraces El Chapo's escape route through underground tunnel
The tunnel emerged in the middle of a building site (pictured), where a change of clothes was waiting. El Chapo then fled to his cartel's territory, in Mexico's northwest, where he is now hiding

The tunnel emerged in the middle of a building site (pictured), where a change of clothes was waiting. El Chapo then fled to his cartel's territory, in Mexico's northwest, where he is now hiding

El Chapo's escape has been humiliating for Mexico's president Pena Nieto, and authorities have been desperately trying to track him down ever since (pictured)

El Chapo's escape has been humiliating for Mexico's president Pena Nieto, and authorities have been desperately trying to track him down ever since (pictured)

The incident has been a huge embarrassment for Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, especially given the presviour escape of El Chapo.

Critics said Pena Nieto should have handed over Guzman 'to US law enforcement officials given Mexico's past record with the capo'.

The government had resisted doing so, citing national sovereignty, but since his jailbreak has appeared to change its stance on extradition.

At the start of the month Mexico extradited two high-ranking alleged drug lords to the United States - the most prominent to be handed over since Guzman's escape.

The two men, Edgar 'La Barbie' Valdez and Gulf Cartel capo Jorge Costilla, were among 13 defendants wanted for various violent crimes and drug trafficking-related offenses.

Following Guzman's jailbreak, the Mexican government revealed it had received an extradition request from the United States for the Sinaloa boss, who was the most wanted drug lord in the world before his capture in February 2014. 

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El Chapo's vanishing act caught on camera! Prison cell footage shows moment Mexican kingpin jumped from his cell into elaborate network of underground tunnels before riding a motorbike to freedom

The Mexican Attorney General's office said on Friday it had arrested seven officials over suspected involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Guzman's escape last Saturday from a maximum security prison through a mile-long tunnel built into his cell was a profound embarrassment for President Enrique Peña Nieto, raising pressure on the government to do more to battle public sector corruption.

As the tunnel surfaced in a blind spot in the cell behind a shower wall, government officials said it could only have occurred with the collusion of prison guards and officials, and that Guzman's helpers must have seen the building's plans.

The government dismissed the head of the prison and questioned more than 30 prison officials over the escape. It did not name the seven people who were arrested and a government spokesman could not immediately clarify the matter.

Peña Nieto, returning from a visit to France, on Friday acknowledged the escape had caused widespread frustration and that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman.

Separately, the government said the United States had requested the extradition of Guzman about two weeks before the breakout took place.

That news hinted at a U-turn by the government, because the previous attorney general, Jesus Murillo had said in January the country had no plans to hand him over.

Still, opposition Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks said if Mexico did recapture Guzman, extraditing him would be tantamount to admitting it was incapable of keeping him locked up.

"National sovereignty and national pride are so important ... that I doubt the government will do it," he said.

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 Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman seen on CCTV in his cell minutes before disappearing

  • Mexico's National Security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido released video footage of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman before his grand escape
  • Guzman is seen walking back and forth before disappearing into the shower
  • The cell's bathroom and shower are blind spots from the camera to allow privacy for the inmates
  • Guzman used an underground tunnel that began at an opening in his shower floor to flee a maximum-security prison flee on Saturday night
  • The drug lord is seen with a full head of hair in the video, consistent with photos his son released of him that they claim are from this weekend

Dramatic video footage of billionaire Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s prison cell just minutes before his grand escape has been revealed.

Guzman is seen in the video, released by Mexico's National Security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido, walking back and forth in his cell and sitting on his bed before heading to an area near his shower.

Rubido said in a press conference that prior to Guzman’s escape, his behavior appeared to be natural of an inmate who spends long hours in a cell.

The cells do, however, have two blind spots from the camera, to allow for privacy in the bathroom and in the shower. Guzman reportedly used an opening in the shower to begin his elaborate escape on Saturday night. 

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CCTV: Mexico's National Security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido released video footage of billionaire Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in the minutes before his grand escape on Saturday


Cell life: Rubido said Guzman appeared to be doing what a normal inmate would do in his cell before his escape

Walking around: Guzman is seen walking back and forth in his cell and sitting on his bed in the surveillance footage

Shower: Rubido said that the cameras have two blind spots in the cell - the bathroom and shower, where Guzman is pictured here - to allow privacy for the inmates

Disappearing act: Guzman, who has a full head of hair in the video, bends down in the bathroom and shower area

Disappearing act: Guzman, who has a full head of hair in the video, bends down in the bathroom and shower area

Gone: And then, all of the sudden, Guzman disappears from sight, unseen by the camera at the end of the footage. This is likely when he entered the opening in the shower

Gone: And then, all of the sudden, Guzman disappears from sight, unseen by the camera at the end of the footage. This is likely when he entered the opening in the shower

Pictured: The most recent image of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman before he escaped from Altiplano prison

Another view: Video footage from the outside of Guzman's cell does not appear to show the exact moment he stepped into the hole in his shower

Another view: Video footage from the outside of Guzman's cell does not appear to show the exact moment he stepped into the hole in his shower

The drug kingpin prised open a 50cm-by-50cm grill in the shower floor, and climbed down a 32ft shaft into the complex tunnel system, which Mexican officials estimate to have taken his henchmen a total of 352 days, with four miners working eight to 10 hour shifts - all right under the feet of the guards. 

In contrast to the clean-shaven photo of Guzman that Mexican officials released this weekend in what was said to be a recent picture, Guzman appears to have a full head of hair.

It is unclear if he has a mustache, but the hair seems to be consistent with pictures where he is pictured drinking and flying on an airplane in what his sons claim to be photos taken this weekend.

The video comes as a former DEA agent claims he warned Mexican officials that the drug lord would escape again if he wasn’t extradited to the United States after his capture last year.

Phil Jordan, the former head of the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center said that it was a ‘significant arrest’ in February 2013, after Guzman had been on the run for 13 years following another prison escape.

But Jordan said it would only be considered a success if Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison again on Saturday, was immediately taken out of Mexico.

‘If he does not get extradited, then he will be allowed to escape within a period of time... If he is, in fact, incarcerated, until he gets extradited to the United States, it will be business as usual,’ he told CNN at the time. 

There were also a number of other warnings made: in March last year, agents in Los Angeles reported a 'possible escape operation funded by another drug trafficking organization linked to the Sinaloa cartel'. The DEA didn’t specify which organization was behind the attempt, but 'threats' and 'bribes' to prison officials were mentioned.

Perhaps more telling, in July 2014 El Chapo was overheard discussing escape plans with lawyers during legal counsel times. He also used these meetings to continue with the administration of his cartel's operations from prison, sending directions to his son Ivan who would then act on them. 

 

Pictured: The most recent image of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman before he escaped from Altiplano prison

Pictured: The most recent image of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman before he escaped from Altiplano prison

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Comment by Andy on January 19, 2016 at 12:56pm
Real talk.
Comment by HandsomeMan on January 19, 2016 at 7:27am
Whites always like getting involve in other people business then play victims.
Comment by BIG F* on January 19, 2016 at 5:25am

His money is still long so he will be escaping again..............That money talk and make things happen, how the f*c* they think he escaped before.

Comment by Contonila Goodman on January 14, 2016 at 11:47am

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth..some are born with steel chains hanging around their necks.

Comment by mssusieqno1 on January 13, 2016 at 2:13pm
Before the movie, Sean Penn and the actress have to faces charges and go to jail so there will be an ending! Lmao
Comment by K. LeBlanc on January 12, 2016 at 10:16am
When is the movie coming out???! I cant keep up with all these distracting headlines!
Comment by Cynthia Edwards on January 11, 2016 at 1:03pm

US and the world consumption of drugs has created El Chapo. Once he is put away another one would be waiting to take his place.

Comment by Andy on January 10, 2016 at 6:26pm
Lol
Comment by Sandra Fuller on July 15, 2015 at 6:22pm

El Chapo probably owns the prison like the late drug lord Escobar.  Like they say, everyone has a price,  weather it's money or threats to family.  This includes the U.S.  Why do drugs continue to get here over the border and via other ways. It has always done so. The U.S. is one of the largest markets for drugs also. We demand them unfortunately.  It's a very lucrative business. So we can't act like we are "holier than thow" compared to the drug corruption of Mexico's government or their jails.  Let's clean up our own homes first.  As for Trump, he puts his foot in his mouth once again! 

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Comment by Mr. Johnson on July 15, 2015 at 4:45pm

El Chapo is coming for you Donald Trump! Lmao.

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