El Chapo caught after Sean Penn Rolling Stone interview led Mexican authorities to him
The world’s most wanted man Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was finally arrested after a magazine interview by actor Sean Penn led authorities to his whereabouts.
Mexico’s government was aware of the Rolling Stone interview and was closely monitoring Penn’s movements, a government source said.
Rolling Stone published an interview with the fugitive drug lord on Saturday after a meeting in his Mexican hideout prior to his arrest.
Guzman, the legendary boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested in northwest Mexico on Friday morning, and sent back to the jail he broke out of in July through a mile-long tunnel that led straight into his cell.
Mexico now aims to extradite him to the United States as soon as possible after recapturing him following a bloody shootout and frantic search in which the wily kingpin almost gave pursuers the slip again.
The interview, which is the latest twist in Chapo’s larger-than-life career, and also features video clips of the drug lord in a colourful shirt and black cap in a rural setting, gives rare insight into the life of an almost mythical figure.
Penn calls it “the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room.”
Mexico’s government was aware the interview was being conducted, and was closely monitoring all movements, a government source said.
In the interview, brokered by Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, who herself played a Mexican drug queen in a well-known soap, Penn says Guzman sent engineers to Germany for three months of training on how to avoid problems when excavating near “the low-lying water table” beneath the prison.