Caught again. That makes it three times that the Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo has been captured. The last two followed his fabled escapes from Mexico’s top security prisons. The first, improbably, in a laundry basket in 2001. The second caught on prison cameras of him calmly disappearing into a tunnel under the shower in his cell in 2015. We can only imagine what followed: the motorbike ride down a mile-long tunnel to freedom, purportedly smashing the overhead lighting with a stick as he went.
The theatre was magnificent, but both escapes were undoubtedly carried out in collusion with very senior figures right at the top of the Mexican government, people controlled by El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. After his escape last summer, 87% of Mexicans believed that even the president must have known something.
Sean Penn met with El Chapo while he was on the run in Mexico last year
Jungle meeting was organized by Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and a fixer, with the permission of the Sinaloa cartel
Drug lord admitted to supplying more heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana than anyone else
He also boasted of having a fleet of submarines, boats, trucks and planes
Told Penn he sent a team of engineers to Germany to learn how to safely construct the tunnel into the maximum security prison he fled from in July
Actor did not turn El Chapo in as he did not want to ‘f***’ with his trust
El Chapo was recaptured on Friday in a deadly raid by Mexican marines
Mexican official said Penn interview led them to El Chapo’s hideout
Penn & del Castillo are now under investigation in Mexico, authorities said