Sean Penn ‘Rolling Stone’ Interview Lead To El Chapo Capture?
Did Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone interview with El Chapo lead to the Mexican drug kingpin’s arrest? The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was captured in a raid last Friday, and now a Mexican official says Penn’s interview, which was released on Saturday, resulted in a lead that ultimately brought authorities to his hideout in the Mexican town of Los Mochis.
Penn was joined by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo for the interview, El Chapo’s first in decades, which was conducted last October in a remote Mexican jungle. Despite previously denying any ties to the drug dealing business and insisting he was just a farmer, El Chapo boldly tells Penn in the interview that he supplies “more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world,” adding that he does it through his “fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.” He also reveals to Penn that he sent a team of engineers to Germany to learn how to build the tunnel he used last July to escape the maximum-security prison in which he had been held.
But Penn insists that he never considered turning in El Chapo because his trust “was not to be [expletive]ed with.” Now, however, an unnamed source in the Mexican government tells ABC News that the interview, which took place in person, with follow-up calls and emails, led to El Chapo’s capture. The official also claims Penn and Castillo are under investigation as a result of the Rolling Stone interview. The U.S. Department of Justice, though, has declined to comment on any potential case surrounding them. Gossip Cop has reached out to Penn’s rep, who stated, “We are not commenting at this time.”