By Joshua Partlow / Washington Post
The place where drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán popped out of the ground stands alone in rolling farmland roughly equidistant from a military base and the penitentiary where he began his escape.
To build the roughly one-mile tunnel 30 feet below Mexico’s highest-security prison, his rescuers would have needed to haul away 379 truckloads of earth, Mexican newspapers have calculated, and used 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 a detailed knowledge of the layout of the prison, information considered a state secret.
The questions now have centered on whether Mexico’s most audacious prison break was simply a feat of engineering genius and clandestine plotting — or whether other factors were at play.