Getaway vehicle Pictures of ‘motorbike on rails’ used by Mexican drugs lord in tunnel escape from prison

Photos show slim tunnel with oxygen pipes overhead and rails on ground

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The ‘motorbike on rails’ used by Mexican drugs lord in tunnel escape from prison play

The ‘motorbike on rails’ used by Mexican drugs lord in tunnel escape from prison

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

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

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Astonishing pictures of the mile-long tunnel through which Sinaloa Cartel boss El Chapo made his escape from a maximum-security prison have emerged today.

The photographs show the tunnel's motorbike on wheels, ventilation pipes and a ladder in the shaft connecting the tunnel to the jail.

The motorbike, which was secured at its front wheel to the rails, was waiting for El Chapo as he descended into the tunnel from the prison shower block on Saturday night. 

It is believed he spent $50million on the elaborate underground escape route, which took his engineers around a year to complete.

The slim tunnel, complete with oxygen-supply piping overhead, was bored by the Sinaloa Cartel’s expert mining engineers, using professional equipment. They would have had to remove more than 3,250 tonnes of earth.

Cartel leader El Chapo, who got his nickname ('The Shorty') from his 5ft 6ins stature, would have been able to stand up in the tunnel.

He prised open a grill in the prison showers, unnoticed by guards, before climbing down a 32ft shaft into the tunnel.

In a video interview, Pablo Escobar’s former chief henchman estimated that El Chapo’s escape would have cost in the region of $50million.

Speaking to news channel Univision, Escobar’s top gunman known as ‘Popeye’, said that tunnelling out of maximum security prison is very difficult without the complicity of at least some of the guards, who are equipped with highly sensitive sonar equipment that will pick up any mining activity.

An armed soldier quizzes the driver of a pickup on the Toluca-Mexico City road, three days after Guzman fled play

An armed soldier quizzes the driver of a pickup on the Toluca-Mexico City road, three days after Guzman fled

More than 30 employees who worked at the prison have already been pulled in for questioning in the course of the interview.

Three prison system officials have been fired, including the prison director. 

And in a previous prison escape El Chapo had bribed prison guards to push him out of the Puente Grande maximum-security prison, in the western state of Jalisco, in a laundry cart.

Henchmen working for El Chapo spent a year digging a tunnel, leading from the inside of the Altiplano prison showers to the Santa Juana construction site nearly a mile awyy play

Henchmen working for El Chapo spent a year digging a tunnel, leading from the inside of the Altiplano prison showers to the Santa Juana construction site nearly a mile awyy

Detailed plan: The tunnel was a miracle of underground engineering, and came complete with ventilation, electric lights and a motorbike fitted to rails, to help remove the massive amounts of earth and on which El Chapo could make his getaway play

Detailed plan: The tunnel was a miracle of underground engineering, and came complete with ventilation, electric lights and a motorbike fitted to rails, to help remove the massive amounts of earth and on which El Chapo could make his getaway

Hidden exit: The end of the tunnel leading from the prison showers to the Santa Juana construction site, through which El Chapo made his escape play

Hidden exit: The end of the tunnel leading from the prison showers to the Santa Juana construction site, through which El Chapo made his escape

Mexico has offered a reward of $3.8million for his capture, while Mexican security forces continue to search for the fugitive with the help of neighbouring countries, including the U.S.

 

Baffled: Authorities look into the entrance to a secret tunnel through which Guzman is believed to had fled. He used the tunnel to travel the 0.9miles between the prison and the Santa Juana construction site. Once there, he was able to take his time, using the bathroom and collecting a change of clothes, before disappearing once again play

Baffled: Authorities look into the entrance to a secret tunnel through which Guzman is believed to had fled. He used the tunnel to travel the 0.9miles between the prison and the Santa Juana construction site. Once there, he was able to take his time, using the bathroom and collecting a change of clothes, before disappearing once again

Inconspicuous: Pictured is the interior of the home through which Guzman fled. Clothes and a phone charger could be seen inside play

Inconspicuous: Pictured is the interior of the home through which Guzman fled. Clothes and a phone charger could be seen inside

Ramshackle: A half-constructed house concealed the site where El Chapo's henchmen began digging the tunnel a year ago play

Ramshackle: A half-constructed house concealed the site where El Chapo's henchmen began digging the tunnel a year ago

Credit: dailymail.co.uk

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