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Photos: Tracing the escape route of Mexico’s most notorious drug lord

It has been one week since Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of Mexico’s most high-profile cartel leaders, escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time, and Mexican authorities have reported no new leads as to where he may be.

Guzman leads the powerful Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations. Guzman’s July 11 jailbreak, in which he escaped through a ventilated tunnel dug underneath his prison cell shower, set off a highly-publicized manhunt.

A motorcycle modified to run on rails is seen inside a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 15, 2015. U.S. law enforcement officials met with agents of the Mexican attorney general's office this week to share information related to the escape from prison of Guzman and coordinate efforts to apprehend him, a Mexican government official said on Wednesday.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido - RTX1KGHX

A motorcycle modified to run on rails is seen inside the tunnel that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman used to escape the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary on July 11, 2015. The sophistication of the tunnel has been one of the main points of interest in Guzman’s second maximum-security prison break. Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Mexican authorities announced Friday that seven prison employees were charged with involvement in Guzman’s escape, according to the Associated Press.

The Mexican interior ministry said Wednesday that it has distributed 100,000 pictures of Guzman to highway tolls, put 10,000 agents on alert at 101 checkpoints across the country and released 48 police dog teams to capture the fugitive, who is wanted in both Mexico and the United States.

Guzman’s first escape from a maximum-security prison took place in 2001 in Jalisco, Mexico, when he allegedly broke out by hiding in a laundry cart. The Mexican government didn’t recapture the kingpin until February 2014.

The escape route Guzman used in his latest bid for freedom was technically sophisticated. The mile-long tunnel, which began in the floor of an abandoned building and ended in a small hole in the floor of Guzman’s shower, was fitted with a modified motorcycle track and a ventilation system.

A view of hook on opening in a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 14 , 2015. Mexican authorities must have colluded with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to enable the country's top drug lord to escape from a maximum security prison at the weekend, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Monday.Guzman sparked a massive manhunt after escaping from Altiplano prison on Saturday night in a mile-long underground tunnel that led from his cell into a deserted building, dealing a bitter blow for President Enrique Pena Nieto.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido - RTX1KAS3

A view of a hook in the opening of the tunnel Guzman used to escape. A manhunt has been initiated to recapture Guzman. Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The 24-hour surveillance in the prison where Guzman was held had only two blind spots for privacy, and one of them was in the shower.

A picture from July 15 of the opening of the tunnel and the toilet area inside drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's cell in the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, where he escaped, July 11, 2015. U.S. law enforcement officials met with agents of the Mexican Attorney General's office this week to share information related to the escape and coordinate efforts to apprehend Guzman, a Mexican government official said on Wednesday. Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The toilet and shower area inside Guzman’s cell in the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary. The toilet and shower were the only private areas in Guzman’s maximum-security cell. Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters

From the time surveillance cameras lost sight of Guzman, it took prison guards 18 minutes to reach his cell. Authorities are investigating if appropriate protocol was followed, or if this interlude enabled Guzman’s escape.

The entrance of a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, is seen in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 12, 2015. REUTERS/PGR - Attorney General's Office/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTX1K4M8

The entrance of Guzman’s escape tunnel. Photo by Handout via Reuters

The AP reported that just weeks before Guzman escaped, U.S. government officials requested that he be extradited to the United States to stand trial for charges of drug trafficking, but former Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said earlier this year that Mexico would not extradite Guzman until he served time for his crimes there.

Karam facetiously approximated that time as about “about 300 or 400 years.”

Forensic technicians from Mexico's Attorney General office walk toward a construction where a tunnel, connecting with the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary and used by drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to escape, was located in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 12, 2015. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said 18 officials from the penitentiary had been taken in for interrogation at the unit of the Attorney General's office specializing in organized crime. Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from high security prison in a tunnel built under his cell, the government said, his second jailbreak in 15 years and a major embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo  - RTX1K3N5

Forensic technicians from Mexico’s attorney general’s office walk toward a construction site where Guzman’s tunnel led, July 12. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said 18 officials from the penitentiary had been taken in for interrogation at the unit of the attorney general’s office specializing in organized crime. Photo by Tomas Bravo/Reuters

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