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Sean Penn Secretly Met Escaped Drug Lord “El Chapo,” May Have Led Authorities There

Submitted by on January 10, 2016 – 10:47 amNo Comment

On Saturday night, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, conducted by Hollywood actor and director Sean Penn. A Mexican official said Penn’s meeting helped lead authorities to Guzman, and that Penn was under investigation.

The interview was conducted partially in an undisclosed location in Mexico last October, after Guzman had escaped from a federal Mexican prison through an elaborate tunnel system dug from his cell. Guzman narrowly escaped recapture days after the interview with Penn. He was finally recaptured and returned to prison earlier this month. The US has demanded his extradition.

Seeds for the meeting were planted as early as 2012, when Guzman reached out to popular Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who had tweeted messages sympathetic to the cartels. Castillo and a fixer acted as go-betweens between Penn and Guzman. There are also rumors that Guzman was working on producing a biopic when he was captured.

Penn’s interview was strange and wide-ranging. But it contained the notable admission from Guzman that he supplies “more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.” Until now, Guzman had maintained that he was just a farmer.

[via New York Times]


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