Prison Breaks pp 169-187 | Cite as

Chapter 6 Narco-capitalism and Carceral Marronage in Northern Mexico: What La Flaquita Knows

  • Chris Garces
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


On July 11, 2015, the boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, vanished from his cell in a supermax prison on the outskirts of Almoloya de Juárez in the state of Central Mexico. The tunnel through which Chapo disappeared had been carved out directly underneath Federal Social Reinsertion Center #1 (CEFERESO-1), then almost incredulously straight up and into his single-occupancy cell. Thirty feet below the cell’s shower space/escape hatch, the subterranean corridor was only 30 inches wide and 5′6″ tall (exactly Guzman’s height), but it was 4,921 feet in length, well-equipped with florescent lighting, an elaborate PVC ventilation system, and a custom-built motorcycle designed for the railcar tracks that spanned nearly a mile from CEFERESO-1 into an inauspicious home built of unpainted cinderblock (McGahan 2015).


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  • Chris Garces
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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Educación (Ecuador)LarkspurUSA

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