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Sources: El Chapo's Kidnapped Son Freed

He was captured after 'partying too much,' insider says

(Newser) - After some presumably very tense negotiations, the kidnapped son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been freed by his captors, multiple sources tell CNN . Jesus Alfredo Guzman—not older brother Ivan, who was named in earlier reports—was among six people gunmen seized from a restaurant in... More »

Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members

(Newser) - The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters . Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta,... More »

Stealthily Driving the Heroin Epidemic: Legal Marijuana

Don Winslow makes the case in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - Much has been written about America's heroin problem, but a new piece in Esquire offers what might be the most provocative explanation yet: "Okay, I'm going to say it," writes Don Winslow. "The heroin epidemic was caused by the legalization of marijuana." When states... More »

Mexico OKs Extradition of El Chapo to US

It could still be months before the extradition actually happens

(Newser) - Mexico's Foreign Relations Department has ruled that the extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States can go forward, the AP reports. The process can still be appealed, meaning it could be weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent... More »

Mexican Judge to US: You Can Have El Chapo

Infamous drug lord would be sent to Brooklyn

(Newser) - Looks like Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be facing trial in the US, CNN reports. A Mexican judge has ruled that Guzman, who was recaptured in January after a stunning 2015 prison breakout , can be extradited to the States. If that happens, officials say he'll... More »

El Chapo Moved to Prison Near US Border

It's unclear exactly why the former drug kingpin was transferred

(Newser) - Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was transferred Saturday from the Altiplano maximum-security prison outside Mexico City to a prison just south of the Texas border, AFP reports. El Chapo arrived in Ciudad Juarez along with 150 federal police officers aboard three planes and was taken from the... More »

Mexico Arrests 'King Midas'

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's alleged money launderer is in police custody

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman needed someone to scrub all of his dirty drug money, and Mexican police say they arrested that man, known as "King Midas," while he was vacationing, the BBC reports. "Groups of elite federal police and the Mexican army arrested Juan Manuel Alvarez... More »

Mexican Actress Opens Up About El Chapo and Sean Penn

She says parts of Penn's Rolling Stone article never happened

(Newser) - Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress who befriended notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and inadvertently aided in his recapture, gave her first major interview to the New Yorker . In the interview, she claims that actor Sean Penn lied about parts of their journey to visit El Chapo... More »

El Chapo's Wife Says His Daughter Is an Impostor

His daughter says bring on the DNA test

(Newser) - Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's oldest daughter is ready to take a DNA test to prove her identity following a bombshell interview with the Guardian published last week. In the interview, Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz claimed—among other things—that her father snuck across the border... More »

Daughter: El Chapo Snuck Into US Twice After Escape From Prison

She says he came to California to see her new house and visit family

(Newser) - In an exclusive interview the New York Daily News calls "astounding," the daughter of infamous Mexican drug lord El Chapo tells the Guardian her father snuck into the US twice while on the lam from authorities following a jail break last year. It's the first-ever interview given... More »

'El Chapo' Wants Extradition Because He Can't Sleep: Lawyer

Attorney says Joaquin Guzman wants to come to US because jailers are torturing him

(Newser) - A lawyer for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday his client now wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at a Mexican maximum-security prison won't let him sleep, the AP reports. Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez, who told Radio Formula... More »

El Chapo's Young Wife Gives First Interview

She's worried he might not survive prison

(Newser) - It's no surprise that Mexico is keeping a very close eye on drug lord Joaquin Guzman after recapturing him for the second time—but that doesn't mean his wife has to like it. In her first public comments about "El Chapo," beauty queen Emma Coronel says... More »

Mexico Orders Actress in for Questioning About El Chapo

Kate del Castillo missed her previous appointment

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have ordered that actress Kate del Castillo be located and presented for questioning about her encounters with cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Two security officials confirm that federal prosecutors issued the order after the movie and telenovela star did not appear at a previous appointment to... More »

Cross-Border Raid Busts 24 in El Chapo's Cartel

Daylong US-Mexico operation at Arizona border nets big results

(Newser) - American and Mexican authorities cooperated in a daylong cross-border raid that resulted in the arrest of 24 alleged high-level members of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel, reports the AP . The sting known as Mexican Operation Diablo Express took place all of Friday as numerous law enforcement... More »

Actress Who Helped Penn: Mexico Gov't Wants to 'Destroy' Me

Kate del Castillo is under investigation

(Newser) - Mexican actress Kate del Castillo hooked Sean Penn up with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for a fateful interview , and she's turned into quite a controversial figure: Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez recently said Guzman may have helped finance del Castillo's tequila business, and in response to that,... More »

Is This Mystery Woman the DEA's New El Chapo?

Well, maybe...

(Newser) - With El Chapo currently in custody (thanks, Sean Penn!), the DEA has a new most wanted fugitive. Maybe. The Houston Chronicle —citing a BBC Mundo story —claims a "mysterious" Colombian woman named Maria Teresa Osorio de Serna now tops the DEA's list of wanted fugitives.... More »

Sean Penn: My El Chapo Article 'Failed'

He has one 'terrible regret' in particular about 'Rolling Stone' interview

(Newser) - While Sean Penn might not think his interview for Rolling Stone with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was rife with "stupidities," the actor now concedes he has "a terrible regret" about it—and he thinks the article ultimately "failed," CBS News reports. In a Santa... More »

El Chapo's Lawyer: Penn Article Full of 'Stupidities'

He wants him to testify about his 'lies' in 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - In Rolling Stone , Sean Penn quotes Joaquin Guzman as saying: "I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana than anybody else in the world." Now Guzman's lawyer wants Penn to "testify to respond about the stupidities he has said," arguing the actor made up that... More »

Prison a Bit More Intense for El Chapo This Time

He's being moved around from cell to cell

(Newser) - Drug lord Joaquin Guzman is back in the same prison he escaped from in July, and prison authorities are keenly aware of what the world would think of them if "El Chapo" pulled off a third high-profile prison break. This time, Guzman won't be in the same cell... More »

How El Chapo Nearly Escaped: Through the Looking Glass

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman let his henchmen do the fighting

(Newser) - How did notorious Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly evade capture during a raid last week ? By secret tunnel, of course—this time using a doorway tucked behind a mirror in a dressing room, Reuters reports. The news-watching public got full view of the raid and... More »

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