Sean Penn met fugitive Mexico drug lord

Jan 11, 2016, 1:24 AM EST
Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman
Source: Jair Cabrera Torres/flickr

Hollywood actor Sean Penn interviewed Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a secret location soon after his jail break.

The BBC reports:

The interview, conducted in October in the Mexican jungle, is published in Saturday's edition of Rolling Stone. Guzman escaped from the maximum security Altiplano jail in July and was recaptured on Friday. Unnamed Mexican officials say Penn's secret meeting helped lead them to the fugitive who is back in Altiplano. Their comments chime with public pronouncements by Attorney General Arely Gomez, who said on Friday that an important aspect of his recapture "was discovering Guzman's intention to have a biographic film made". "He contacted actresses and producers, which was part of one line of investigation."

Reuters writes:

The Mexican Attorney General's office will be working as fast as possible to establish the path to extradition, and Chapo could be extradited by mid-year, one of the sources said. However the timing will likely depend on any injunctions filed by Guzman's lawyers. Guzman, boss of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is wanted by U.S. authorities on a host of criminal charges. His organization has smuggled billions of dollars worth of drugs into the United States and is blamed for thousands of deaths due to addiction and gang violence. "The objective is to fulfill the extradition request," one source said. The United States requested Guzman´s extradition in late June, just a couple of weeks before his brazen escape from a maximum security prison through a mile-long tunnel which burrowed right up through the floor of his cell. The failure to extradite him before his elaborate jailbreak strained relations with the United States. Sending Guzman to the United States would help allay fears the drug lord could use his massive fortune to bribe prison officials and escape from a Mexican maximum security jail yet again.

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