Judges on Joaquin's "El Chapo" Guzman's trial first gained insight into the hiding place of the King's elusive partner when a DEA agent described a failed arrest attempt in 2014.
The federal court recordings shown Wednesday in Brooklyn were taken after the sun set in the outskirts of Culican, Mexico, and document the descent of the agent and US liaison officer Victor Vasquez and his Mexican naval counterparts into one Ranch where they believed Guzman's partner Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada to hide.
Zambada was gone, and instead the handheld video shows a sterile, impersonally decorated ranch house with beige sofas and fluffy pillows.
Vasquez says that all they found was the caretaker he had not found name and who is at the end of the footage, sitting on a plastic chair and being interviewed by Marines.
The agent said the raid took place after he and the Mexican Marines opened a shop in Baja in February 201
Another video from a fleet of four Black Hawk helicopters shows how the Mexican Marines approached the ranch in a 45-member helicopter on February 13, 2014
Vasquez said Thursday that three days after her failed attempt to confiscate Zambada was followed by Guzman.
In this bust, a naked Guzman went to a house in Culican, which escaped through a tunnel hidden under a bathtub into the sewers. He was arrested six days later.
Vasquez described being in Culican as "going into the lion's den. They go into the sphere of control of the most powerful cartel in the world. We can not sit there, not possible.
But later, Guzman escaped again, this time through a shaft his cronies had dug under his prison cell.
The slippery drug lord was last arrested in 2016, before his extradition to the US, to stand trial.