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To build a tunnel about a mile long and 30 feet below Mexico’s highest-security prison, the rescuers of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán would have needed to haul away several hundred truckloads of earth and use excavating power tools that would have been difficult not to hear.
To guide their burrowing exactly under the shower stall in Hall 2, Cell 20, of the special-treatment wing for the country’s most dangerous criminals, the tunnelers would have needed detailed knowledge of the prison’s layout, information considered a state secret.
And Mexico’s prison administrators had to have been aware of the risk of an escape attempt — Guzmán had made his way out of a high-security prison once before.
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