For 13 years, Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman lived on the run, staying well ahead of authorities. But it was one slipup — an associate of his being caught on a wiretap — that led to his capture on February 22, 2014.
Mexican Marines had located Joaquin Guzman in a condominium complex and quickly surrounded the area. Before sunrise, at around 5am, marines smashed open the door to his fourth floor condo, seizing Guzman without a shot fired. But that was just the start. Guzman 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.

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From AP:

Guzman fled south to Mazatlan. On his heels, a team of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up a base of operations with Mexican marines in the city, according to the current U.S. law-enforcement official. Early Saturday morning, Guzman’s reign came to an end without a shot fired. Marines closed the beachside road in front of the Miramar condominiums, a 10-story, pearl-coloured building with white balconies overlooking the Pacific and a small pool in front.

Mexican Marines allowed Reuters photographer Daniel Becerril to document what they found. With the Marines as guides, Daniel Becerril shows us what those tunnels were like:

A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel and exits in the city’s drainage system at one of the houses of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman in Culiacan.

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A steel ladder leads to the bottom of a removable bathtub that gave access to Guzman to move in and move out.

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The bottom of a removable bathtub which leads to the city’s drainage system in Culiacan

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It’s an incredibly extensive network.

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Guzman would use these tunnels to move drugs and weapons, and to avoid police.

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An open steel door leads from a tunnel underneath one of the Guzman’s houses to the drainage system.

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This was only accessible to Guzman and his immediate team members and no one else. NO ONE ELSE!!!

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A Reuters journalist stands outside a steel door which secures the tunnel.

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Journalists use flashlights while walking through the city’s drainage system towards a tunnel that comes out of the house of Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman in Culiacan

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This is the part of the city’s drainage system which eventually leads to Guzman’s house. Eerie!!!

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A river of drugs and weapons flows underneath the city.

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A Mexican Marine points his weapon in the city’s drainage system after walking through the connecting tunnel.

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At the end of the tunnel, Joaquin Guzman could make his escape. Unfortunately for Guzman, Mexican Marines and U.S DEA agents has set up a base of operations in the city, according to AP.

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