El Chapo set headlines ablaze when he escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico, using a multi-million dollar tunnel that connected his cell to the outside. Video has just been released of an escape from a prison in Canada that makes the drug lord’s escape look tame.
Three years ago, Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and Dany Provencal escape from the St. Jerome detention center in a bold way. With smuggled cell phones, the duo made arrangements to escape by helicopter with Bill Beaudoin through text messages. Armed, Beaudoin and Steven Mathieu Marchisio hijacked a helicopter, taking the pilot along with them. The chopper landed on the roof while Hudon-Barbeau and Provencal waited outside. The two struggled to climb a rope up to the helicopter, but when they couldn’t, they simply stuck their feet through the holes. The helicopter took off, ripping a security camera out in the process. All the guards could do was watch, since no one in the facility is armed.
After a flight of only a few minutes, the escapees were dropped off in a residential area where a car was waiting for them. However, their freedom was short-lived. All of the men involved were arrested within a few hours. All of the men involved pleaded guilty between last year and early this year and have been sentenced.
As brazen as this seems, a similar escape involving three drug traffickers took place just over a year later, in Orsainville outside of Quebec City.
In that case it took two weeks to find the inmates who were hiding out in a Montreal condo.
Though little has been done to prevent future escape attempts in this fashion, measures have been taken to regularly search prison guards for cell phones and physical barriers have been installed on some yards.
Check out videos of the escape below: