Escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán narrowly avoided recapture in a mountain raid in October, and also left the navy facing accusations that its efforts to hunt him down included targeting the civilian population.
Coming soon: VICE News heads to the mountainous region of Sinaloa in Northern Mexico to meet the refugees of the Mexican navy’s hunt for 'El Chapo.'
La Paz, in Baja California Sur, had appeared immune to Mexico's drug war, but a schism within the Sinaloa cartel after the 2014 arrest of kingpin Chapo Guzmán sparked a major turf war that intensified after he escaped from jail in July.
CCTV footage of drug lord's cell reveals banging clearly audible four minutes before he escapes through hole in the shower area, and guards take a further 18 minutes to arrive.
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernandez heads to Almoloya de Juarez to inspect the tunnel that “El Chapo" allegedly used to orchestrate his escape.
The motorbike Joaquin Guzman rode to speed through a custom-built tunnel to escape prison is just one ingenious contraption used on July 11 by the "Lord of the Tunnels."
The footage is meant to silence theories on a larger cover-up for Guzman's escape. It shows the inmate pacing, putting on shoes, ducking in his shower, and disappearing.
From this 20-inch wide hole a mile from a maximum-security prison, it's anyone's guess where Joaquin Guzman went next.
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