The world really is a curious, wonderful place. The Powerball lottery is over a billion dollars, Donald Trump has a legitimate shot to become the next President, and Sean Penn somehow found a way to interview the most wanted—and most dangerous—drug kingpin on the planet.
It was announced last week that leader of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had been captured by Mexican special forces in a raid. El Chapo, of course, escaped from his maximum security prison a few months ago in a series of events straight out of a Michael Bay blockbuster. There were guards on the take, a massive tunnel leading to a safe house, and a motorcycle on railroad tracks.
What came after the news of his arrest was the fact that Sean Penn had secretly met with El Chapo deep in the jungles of Mexico for an interview in Rolling Stone. In the interview, Guzman admitted his role in international drug trafficking, and boasted of his fleet of “submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
He previously stated that he was just a farmer.
This historically secretive El Chapo’s sudden glibness was the result of a desire to become the subject of a film—a biopic about his narco-exploits. His associates’ contact with Mexican filmmakers and the electronic intelligence gleaned from his communication with Penn led to his downfall.
There was initial speculation as to Penn’s role in Guzman’s recapture, but authorities confirmed that he was an integral piece that led them to the cartel boss.
So El Chapo is back in prison, awaiting potential extradition to the U.S. Will he escape again? It’s certainly a possibility. A certainty, however, is that Sean Penn beefs up security and steers clear of cartel leaders for a while.