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El Chapo exhibit will go on display at Vegas Mob Museum

A new exhibit detailing the prison escape of notorious Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” has opened at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
The Mob Museum in Las Vegas. Image by Kate Headley / CC BY 2.0

The museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has revealed a temporary exhibit on the 2015 prison escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The display is the second in the museum’s series on organized crime in the 21st century, the first profiling the FIFA soccer scandal, when a number of world soccer officials were indicted on charges of taking bribes.

Guzmán is known as the head of the Sinaloa cartel, which is “a criminal organization responsible for shipping cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the United States, which is the world’s top cocaine consumer”,  according to a Mob Museum press release.

“In addition, the cartel has been involved in the production, transport and distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and heroin throughout North America and Europe”.

The display will include a scale model that traces Guzmán’s escape from a federal prison in Mexico through tunnels dug beneath his cell, showing the 32-foot vertical tunnel “descending from his prison cell and the horizontal tunnel running 4921 feet away from the prison, along which Guzman rode a specially modified motorcycle”.

Guzmán was arrested in early January after a shootout with Mexican marines in Sinaloa. He is currently at the prison from which he previously escaped.

The museum also recently opened a permanent display with a collection of items from “Breaking Bad”, the AMC crime drama television series that follows a high school chemistry teacher who becomes an illegal drug manufacturer.

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