In the rain and darkness Friday morning, Mexican marines crept up in trucks with their lights out and jumped between rooftops on Boulevard Jiquilpan, surrounding a little white house in this coastal city where their country’s most-wanted fugitive, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was hiding.After months of searching, it was Guzmán’s contact with movie producers and actresses about a biopic based on his life that ultimately helped authorities recapture the chief of the Sinaloa cartel along a highway outside a coastal city, according to Mexican attorney general Arely Gómez González.Actor Sean Penn secretly met with Guzmán in his Mexican hideout in October, according to an account Penn wrote for Rolling Stone magazine. González did not cite the Penn meeting, which was disclosed when Rolling Stone published the story online Saturday night. But the Associated Press, citing as its source an unidentified Mexican official, reported late Saturday that Guzmán’s interview with Penn helped lead authorities to Guzmán’s whereabouts in Durango state in October.
When the shooting started in Los Mochis on Friday, neighbors woke terrified. Marines went door to door rousting people from their beds, desperately trying to keep the billionaire drug lord — who had escaped twice from federal prison — from slipping away again.Then he did just that. Famous for his Houdini-like disappearing acts, Guzmán vanished down an escape hatch and into the sewer. It wasn’t until he popped up four blocks away, stole a car, and sped out of town that Mexican authorities finally captured him on the highway and ended six months of national humiliation for letting the world’s top drug lord go free.“I never thought they’d catch him again,” said José Carlos Castro, a 29-year-old auto shop employee who worked across from the raided house. “Much less right here.”According to the Rolling Stone article, Guzmán boasted to Penn about his drug empire. “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world,” Guzmán said. “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”He acknowledged to Penn that drugs are harmful, saying, “Well, it’s a reality that drugs destroy. Unfortunately, as I said, where I grew up there was no other way and there still isn’t a way to survive, no way to work in our economy to be able to make a living.”
source:The Washington Post