Bye-bye El Chapo!

Bye-bye El Chapo!

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El Chapo is seen pacing the floors, then sitting on his bunk and pulling on shoes, and then heading to the hole in his shower floor, a ventilated tunnel -- and freedom!

Embarassed Mexican officials have released security footage that shows the final moments of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in  his cell before his escape Saturday night.

"He changed his shoes, and went to the shower," said  National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. He also removed his tracking bracelet, officials said.

It was 8:52 p.m. local time and the last moment the narcotics kingpin was seen in his cell in the country's highest security prison.

The tunnel was five feet and six inches high, officials said. Guzman is 5-foot-5.

“I would say that the construction of that tunnel started days after Chapo Guzman was sent there,” Michael S. Vigil, a former top Drug Enforcement Agency official told The Los Angeles Times.

"The tunnel had to cost maybe $5 million. But $5 million to El Chapo would be like $5 to you or I,” Vigil said.  

“Guzman has hired some of the best individuals that deal with mining technology, and he provides them with the resources to buy the best equipment,” Vigil said. “They tailor-made the tunnel for him.”

The escape of Guzman, Mexico's most notorious drug lord, is a major embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto, and was the second time the drug kingpin had broken out of prison, Reuters reports.

Rubido admitted that the prison built in "blind spots" in the cell so Guzman would have privacy while he was washing.  

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter @nyc_oz.
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