Guzman Used Tunnels to Elude Arrest

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As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub. (Feb. 24)

SHOTLIST:

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Mexico City, Mexico 22 February 2014

1. Joaquin Guzman being escorted in handcuffs

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Culiacan, Mexico - 23 February 2014

2. Tunnels underneath Guzman property

3. Sewer tunnels underneath Culiacan

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Mexico City, Mexico 22 February 2014

4. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jesus Murillo Karam, Mexico's Attorney General:

"The doors of the house were reinforced with steel and the minutes that it took us to open them helped him escape through the tunnels."

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Culiacan, Mexico - 22 February 2014

5. Camera goes down steel fabricated steps

6. Mid view of sewer tunnels in Culiacan

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Mazatlan, Mexico 22 February 2014

7. Close view of entrance to Miramar apartments

8. Wide view of Miramar apartments

9. People outside entrance to Miramar apartments

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Mexico City, Mexico 23 February 2014

10. Joaquin Guzman in handcuffs being escorted

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Culiacan, Mexico - 23 February 2014

11. Wide pan of headlines on newspapers

12. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Ramon Torres, Newspaper Vendor

"It is very difficult, the cartel is quite organized and has a presence in many states in the counrty, so it's difficult to say that just with the capture of Chapo the cartel will fall apart."

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Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico 23 February 2014

13. Wide of security fencing at Altiplano prison where Guzman was taken

14. Mid of prison control tower

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

MEXICAN INVESTIGATORS HAVE UNCOVERED A SERIES OF TUNNELS THAT ALLOWED JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN TO EVADE ARREST FOR AT LEAST 13 YEARS.

AS MEXICAN MARINES FORCED THEIR WAY INTO JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN'S MAIN HIDEOUT, HE SNEAKED OUT OF THE HOUSE THROUGH AN ESCAPE TUNNEL BENEATH A BATHTUB.

SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jesus Murillo Karam, Mexico's Attorney General:

"The doors of the house were reinforced with steel and the minutes that it took us to open them helped him escape through the tunnels."

(VOICE OVER)

GUZMAN THEN CLIMBED DOWN A CORRUGATED STEEL LADDER INTO A NETWORK OF TUNNELS AND SEWER CANALS THAT CONNECTED SIX OTHER HOUSES, ACCORDING TO MEXICAN OFFICIALS.

MEXICAN MARINES WORKING WITH U.S. AUTHORITIES CHASED HIM BUT LOST THE MAN KNOWN AS "SHORTY" IN A MAZE OF TUNNELS UNDER THE CITY,

HE THEN FLED SOUTH TO MAZATLAN WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING, WITHOUT A SHOT FIRED.

GUZMAN'S GLOBAL ORGANIZATION IS THE LEADING SUPPLIER OF COCAINE TO THE UNITED STATES.

NOW STARTS THE LENGTHY AND COMPLICATED LEGAL PROCESS TO DECIDE WHICH COUNTRY, MEXICO OR THE UNITED STATES, GETS TO TRY HIM FIRST.

GUZMAN'S ARREST IS MAJOR NEWS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING THE APARTMENT WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED.

SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Ramon Torres, Newspaper Vendor:

"It is very difficult, the cartel is quite organized and has a presence in many states in the counrty, so it's difficult to say that just with the capture of Chapo the cartel will fall apart."

GRAND JURIES IN AT LEAST SEVEN U.S. FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS HANDED UP INDICTMENTS FOR GUZMAN ON A VARIETY OF CHARGES.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS DECISIONS REGARDING EXTRADITION WILL BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH MEXICO.

TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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