Actor and activist turned journalist Sean Penn, secretly met with notorious drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera -aka- El Chapo who told the actor that he’s been a business man since the age of six selling oranges and soft drinks during an interview that was published on Saturday by RollingStone. At 15 he entered the drug game growing marijuana and poppies which he said was the only way his family could survive. Today the drug lord who escaped from a Mexican Prison last summer and was re-captured last week by Mexican special forces is worth $1 billion and has an extensive drug distribution network complete with fleets of submarines, boats, trucks and planes that will likely go on without him. Sean Penn began meeting with and interviewing El Chapo back in October of 2015 while he was on the run after his escape.
The interviews were held in a jungle clearing atop a mountain at an undisclosed location in Mexico. Surrounded by more than 100 cartel troops, and wearing a silk shirt and pressed black jeans, Mr. Guzmán sat down to dinner with Mr. Penn and Kate del Castillo, a Mexican actress who once played a drug kingpin in the soap opera “La Reina del Sur,” according to Rolling Stone. Mr. Penn’s account is likely to deepen the concern among the Mexican authorities already embarrassed by Mr. Guzmán’s multiple escapes, the months required to find him again and his status for some as something of a folk hero. Mr. Penn describes being waved through a military road checkpoint on his way to meet Mr. Guzmán, which Mr. Penn suggested was because the soldiers recognized Mr. Guzmán’s son. Mr. Penn said he was also told, during a leg of the journey taken in a small plane equipped with a scrambling device for ground radar only, that the cartel was informed by an insider when the military deployed a high-altitude surveillance plane that might have spotted their movements.