“Guzman Used Sewers In Escape Bid”
Pictures have emerged of the drainage system that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman used in his latest escape bid before he was recaptured. Guzman was seized on Friday after a shootout between his gunmen and Mexican marines at his home in Los Mochis where he had been hiding.He and security chief “El Cholo” Ivan Gastelum fled using drains and escaped through a manhole cover to the street, pursued by the marines.The pair then got into a stolen car before being arrested on a highway.One of Guzman’s key tunnel builders led officials to the neighbourhood, which authorities watched for a month, according to Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez. Guzman had been on the run for six months since breaking out of a prison using a tunnel.
The pictures emerged as Sean Penn described how he came face-to-face with one of the world’s most wanted men who hugged him with a “lengthy greeting”.The Hollywood actor met notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the Mexican jungle in October for an interview which has been published in Rolling Stone magazine.It came after months of secret negotiations to establish contact and win the fugitive’s trust, and happened with the help of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.
There have also been claims Guzman was planning to make a biopic of his infamous life and had contacted actresses and producers for the film. Penn was granted a “seven-hour sit-down” – which was presented as the cartel leader’s first-ever interview outside an interrogation room.
The secret link-up helped the authorities discover his whereabouts and Guzman was recaptured. Penn said he felt compelled to seek Guzman out of a sense of what he called American complicity in the drug violence plaguing its southern neighbours. “As an American citizen, I’m drawn to explore what may be inconsistent with the portrayals our government and media brand upon their declared enemies,” he said in his article.
According to the magazine, Penn and Ms del Castillo were surrounded at the time by more than 100 cartel soldiers.Penn said of meeting Guzman: “He turns to me with a hospitable smile, putting out his outstretched hand. I take it.
“He pulls me into a ‘compadre’ hug, looks me in the eyes and speaks a lengthy greeting in Spanish too fast for my ears. He added: “He jokes to his crew, laughing at his own assumption that I speak Spanish and at my momentary disorientation that I’ve let him go on at such length in his greeting.”
“My impression of his crew is more in sync with what one would imagine of students at a Mexico City university.
“Clean-cut, well-dressed and mannered. Not a smoker in the bunch.”
“Throughout my introduction, Chapo smiles a warm smile.”In fact, in what would be a seven-hour sit-down, I saw him without that smile only in brief flashes.”As has been said of many notorious men, he has an indisputable charisma. “Penn said Guzman told him: “I don’t want to be portrayed as a nun. “And he added proudly: “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.
“I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”Penn said Guzman was entirely unapologetic and when asked: “Of all the countries and cultures with whom you do business, which is the most difficult?”
“Smiling, he shakes his head and says an unequivocal ‘None’.Penn later left and said Guzman had agreed to a two-day interview in around a week’s time but in the end he answered questions on camera sent by the actor from his phone. A volatile security situation had prevented the pair from meeting for the interview in person. Penn said: “The heat of enforcement and surveillance had become extreme.
“I even received a credible tip that the DEA had indeed become aware of our journey to Mexico.