The following script is from “60 Minutes Presents: Behind Bars,” which aired on Feb. 26, 2017.
Good evening. I’m Bill Whitaker. Welcome to 60 Minutes Presents. Tonight: Behind bars. We’ll trace the prison escape route of the world’s most notorious narcotics king. Meet three people who never should have been imprisoned in the first place, and hear liberating harmonies from decidedly unliberated musicians.
First up, the notorious narco known as “El Chapo” who has achieved one of his greatest aspirations: he is the most famous drug lord of all time.
And now, El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, is perhaps the most famous drug lord behind bars. Since Mexico spirited him to New York last month, Chapo has spent 23 hours of every day in isolation. He’s awaiting trial in a Brooklyn federal court on dozens of charges that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.
We first told you about Guzman in 2014 when he was captured after 13 years on the run. We told you then that El Chapo, Spanish for “Shorty,” was on Forbes’ list of billionaires and had earned an outsized reputation for his worldwide smuggling empire, his ruthless brutality and most of all, for his daring getaways — like the one in 2015, when he vanished from a maximum-security Mexican prison through one of his trademark escape tunnels. After El Chapo’s stunning prison break, many thought he’d never get caught again. But he was. How? You’re about to see.
Bill Whitaker: Where in the pantheon of drug traffickers, drug lords, does El Chapo fall?
Peter Vincent: El Chapo resides at the very top of that hierarchy.
Peter Vincent was a senior official and legal adviser of both the Justice Department and Homeland Security during the international manhunt for Guzman. He says after the daring escape in July 2015, he became almost delusional.
Bill Whitaker: What precipitated his downfall?
Peter Vincent: He became drunk on his own…