LAS VEGAS (February 2016) – On March 1, 2016, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will debut a new temporary display detailing the 2015 prison escape of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Guzmán is a notorious Mexican drug lord and head of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization responsible for shipping cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the United States, which is the world’s top cocaine consumer. 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 centerpiece of the display will be a scale model tracing Guzman’s escape through tunnels dug beneath his cell inside Mexico’s Antiplano federal prison. This model will provide guests with a detailed diorama showing the elaborate escape route. It depicts the 32-foot vertical tunnel descending from his prison cell and the horizontal tunnel running 4,921 feet away from the prison, along which Guzman rode a specially modified motorcycle. The model also illustrates how another vertical tunnel carried him up through the floor of another building, where he met his associates and got away.

Guzman was subsequently recaptured on January 8, 2016, following a shootout with Mexican marines in his home state of Sinaloa. That same month, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with the fugitive conducted in late 2015 by actor Sean Penn, who had arranged a secret meeting with Guzman in a jungle location.

Accompanied by a video documenting Guzman’s story, the temporary display is the Museum’s second in a series illustrating organized crime in the 21st century. It replaces a display profiling the FIFA soccer scandal, in which numerous world soccer officials were indicted on charges of taking bribes and kickbacks.

Access to the new display is included in regular admission to the Museum, which may be reserved online at or by calling (702) 229-2734.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.