Watch Video Footage of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Escaping His Jail Cell

It's the second time the head of the Sinaloa cartel has broken out of prison.

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He paces back and forth nervously in his prison cell, peering behind a partition, inspecting something underneath his bed. Then he returns to the partition, looks down at the floor, bends down, and disappears.

The prisoner in question is Joaquín Guzmán, better known as “El Chapo” and the head of the Sinaloa cartel, who escaped a maximum security prison in Mexico on Saturday night. Late Tuesday, Mexican authorities released surveillance video from inside his cell, showing his final moments in the prison before slipping into the tunnel that had been dug underneath his cell.

The footage below, from a press conference briefing conducted Tuesday, includes three separate shots. The first, which begins at the 1:40 mark and was shot by a camera inside his cell, shows a nervous Guzmán in the moment of his escape. The second, starting at 6:57, shows the same time frame but from a different angle, outside his cell. The final shot, which begins at 12:51 is a tour of the incredible tunnel built to ferret Guzmán to freedom. It shows the motorcycle likely used to transport Guzmán, ladders, structural reinforcements, lights, and tools.

Photo credit: YouTube/Gobierno de la República

Elias Groll is a staff writer at Foreign Policy@EliasGroll

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