Hollywood star Sean Penn conducted a secret interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after he escaped a high-security prison.
The interview was staged at a secret location in the Mexican jungle in October and is being published after the world’s most wanted drug trafficker was arrested on Friday.
An operation to arrest Guzman saw five people killed during a shootout in his home state of Culiacan.
It came six months after he embarrassed the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto by escaping from Mexico’s most-secure prison in his second successful jail break.
Mexico Attorney General Arely Gomez said on Friday that Guzman’s contact with actors and producers for a possible biopic helped give law enforcement a new lead on tracking and capturing the world’s most notorious drug kingpin.
Now a Mexican official has revealed that it was the Penn interview that led the authorities to Guzman in a rural part of Durango state in October.