el chapo caught after escaping through tunnels

The re-capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán made news worldwide.    Guzmán had long ago become well known as head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, and then for his conviction in Mexico for drug trafficking, criminal association, and bribery.   But it was ‘El Chapo’s’ escape in 2015 that captured the attention of the world.

What many may not know is that ‘El Chapo’ had escaped from prison before, and that the latest re-capture was the third in a series for the Mexican drug kingpin.  His first escape from a Mexican prison happened way back in 2001 where he was serving a 20 year sentence.  The escape occurred just before he was supposed to be extradited to the United States to face more charges.

According to officials, Guzmán was able to enlist the aid of at least 78 people to help him plan and execute his self-determined early dismissal. How did he get away?

First, it’s worth noting that Guzmán’s nickname, ‘El Chapo,’ means, basically, ‘Shorty.’  And it is true the drug kingpin is somewhat vertically challenged, standing about 5’ 6” tall.  As the details of his first escape emerged, doubtless some considered the benefits his diminutive stature offered him—he was smuggled out of the prison in a laundry basket, and then from the surrounding area in the trunk of the car.

This would not be a viable escape route for say, Kobe Bryant, but proved most effective for ‘El Chapo,’ who would remain at large until  February 2014.  It was then that Mexican authorities arrested Guzmán at a hotel in Mazatlán.  Assistance in the location and capture was provided by the Mexican Navy, with joint intelligence from the United States’ DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Perhaps no one anticipated that he might try to escape again.  But in order to prevent this, it might have served everyone well to remember some of the activities pursued by the fugitive, at the time Mexico’s most-wanted man, between 2001 and 2014.

Despite the huge military and federal police manhunt, Guzmán remained at large, and expanded his drug empire.  And the key to both endeavors turned out to be tunnels.

Lots and lots of tunnels.  Tunnels to hide.  Tunnels to disappear.  Tunnels to transport drugs across the border. 

And indeed, it was a tunnel that allowed ‘El Chapo’ to escape from prison in 2015—his second escape.   And, after six months out of prison this time, it was yet another tunnel that nearly allowed him to avoid the capture that has now landed him in jail again.


See more pictures of ‘El Chapo’s’ secret tunnels here.

The thing about a tunnel is it can hide all kinds of activity right under the noses of anyone and everyone.  And, by providing a link between two places, secret communication and transportation can happen at anytime, without fear of discovery in the tunnel… unless of course, someone tracks Sean Penn down into it.

We won’t stretch the tunnel metaphor too far if we note the similarities to a VPN, or Virtual Private Network.  A VPN produces an encrypted tunnel for data to travel across the internet and provide anonymity and data security.

For those of you unfamiliar with this technology, here are some lines directly from the website of a top 5 rated brand, SlickVPN:

…no one can monitor or affect what you do online.  The encrypted tunnel produced by SlickVPN is super-strong, and that means the sites you visit are masked, as well as your unique identifiers.

And this protection starts at just $5.00 per month

Amazingly, all this high-tech protection can be had for about the price of a Venti Starbucks.

We make the connection between ‘El Chapo’s’ tunnels and VPN to make a point.

Anyone with data that is key to the operation of their business needs protection.  Imagine having salary data fall into the hands of every employee—or your billing figures for last quarter going into the hands of your competitor.

Safely storing and yet being able to access vital data today requires technology.  And the good news for North American business is that technology can be surprisingly effective and inexpensive.

Especially when compared to losing the data you need.

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