El Chapo's drug tunnels, explained

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • How El Chapo dug his way to the top of the drug trade.Help us make our channel more ambitious by joining the Vox Video Lab. Becoming a member brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with your favorite Vox creators. Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labCheck out the Today, Explained podcast episode on El Chapo here: https://bit.ly/2DaFZS8Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOThroughout his career as a drug trafficker, tunnels have been the common theme in El Chapo’s story. When he gained control of a major drug trafficking corridor in the late 1980s, Joaquin Guzman Loera — then known as “el Rapido”— was the first to create super tunnels for transporting drugs across the border.At the time, a crackdown by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) meant Colombian cocaine was in decline and the Mexican narcotrafficker saw an opportunity. By using tunnels to facilitate fast transport, El Chapo leveraged his role as a trafficker to claim new responsibilities as a cultivator and distributor of drugs. Over the next twenty years, he learned how to use his drug tunnels in ways nobody had ever imagined and his success became dependent on his subterranean inclinations. Although his masterful use of tunnels led him to a maximum security jail cell at Altiplano prison, it would be tunnels that also led him back out again.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • joel 777

    joel 777

     21 days ago +727

    Bruh just put him on the second floor

  • CrypticVibezzz


     6 months ago +1960

    El Chapo has taken Minecraft to another level.

  • It's Me

    It's Me

     6 months ago +4182

    Meanwhile trump is shutting down government for a wall

  • Real One

    Real One

     6 months ago +1029

    america build a wall
    mexico build a tunel

  • ZAra T.A.P.

    ZAra T.A.P.

     6 months ago +809

    You know a fun fact about tunnels; they go under walls. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  • Aykut


     6 months ago +800

    This guy reminds me of Mario or Luigi going in & out of pipes

  • Brenda


     6 months ago +341

    honestly? absolutely nothing is going to stop drugs from being transported anywhere bc as long as people want drugs they'll find a way to get them

  • Armando Ferreira

    Armando Ferreira

     6 months ago +362

    El Chapo should help Elon Musk with the boring company to build tunnels faster 😂

  • synrgi


     21 days ago +96

    It's easy just put bedrock under the ground so they can't escape

  • Ryan.Y


     5 months ago +64

    Criminals are always intelligent.
    Just not used the right way.

  • meathebird


     14 days ago +44

    if we ignore the drugs, you have to say this is pretty cool

  • Jazz


     6 months ago +66

    That's how mafia works!

  • Strothy2


     6 months ago +107

    is this a very long version of "Why a wall would fail"?

  • S. Shekhar

    S. Shekhar

     6 months ago +162

    WTF ? Stop dropping narcos spoilers.

  • sabtien siddique

    sabtien siddique

     2 months ago +43

    At least they use renewable energy 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️😭

  • WarHawk


     6 months ago +67

    Drugs aren’t going to stop coming in until they the stop the demand inside the country first.

  • Mohammad Al Adham

    Mohammad Al Adham

     6 months ago +5350

    At least the tunnel is solar powered!

  • Tapori Cousins

    Tapori Cousins

     6 months ago +47

    Good for CHAPO, New York already has a underground rail system👍🏻

  • Leah M

    Leah M

     3 months ago +59

    Mexico: Has tunnels
    Trump: Welp, let’s build a wall