The surveillance camera footage shows Guzman pacing back and forth several times in the cell, looking behind the partition wall by his shower, sitting on his bed and then bending down again behind the short dividing wall in the shower space.

In the moments before he made his break, Guzman paced his cell and periodically checked the shower floor, which had a slab of concrete that hid his escape route. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido that the blind spots were intentional and created to permit Guzman some privacy while washing.

Guzman, the official said, could be hiding in plain sight somewhere in the megalopolis of Mexico City, where millions of people pulse daily through the streets.

A tunnel of such sophistication – with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line – would normally take 18 months to two years to complete, said Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Reforma also reported that the Sinaloa cartel boss also left a small LCD television turned on at high-volume inside his cell to distract guards from suspecting his absence. It shows the exact moment that El Chapo took the plunge, as well as what the inside of the tunnel looks like.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong conceded as much Monday night.

But the Mexicans have kept the Americans at bay, without giving an answer on the extra help, according to Mexican and American officials.

Meanwhile Mexican investigators detained for questioning nearly 50 prison officials, suspecting that some of them may have aided Guzman to escape. “We’re just on standby”.

More than 1 200 federal police officers have fanned out in special search units around the Altiplano prison from where he escaped, 90km west of Mexico City.

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The charges against 58-year-old El Chapo (“Shorty”) listed on the Interpol website include “conspiracy to import and possess cocaine with intent to distribute; money laundering, criminal forfeiture (4 counts)”. This man has the influence and resources to comfortably run for the rest of his life.

His organization is responsible for transporting numerous illegal drugs in the United States. When Guzman escaped was in 2001, he evaded capture for 13 years until he was found in 2014.

Security officials in the U.S. and Mexico fear that the longer Guzman remains free the stronger his cartel will get.

The surveillance video is shot from angles that don’t provide full coverage of his cell, as authorities have previously acknowledged. Whoever helped in the plot likely had the architectural plans for the prison that pointed them toward the shower area, the official said.