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Penn Fearful of 'Reckless' Netflix Film on 'El Chapo'

Actor apparently nervous film will make it appear he helped DOJ nab famous drug lord

(Newser) - Sean Penn's 2015 Mexican sitdown with drug lord Joaquin Guzman (aka "El Chapo"), which he documented in an early 2016 Rolling Stone article , caused its fair share of controversy . And the ruckus isn't over yet, as the actor is now going after Netflix for a documentary... More »

'El Chapo' Hires Experienced Legal Team

Jeffrey Lichtman suggests witnesses for the prosecution aren't credible

(Newser) - Days after public defenders argued his case should be dismissed , Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has said adios and hired a private legal team. Jeffrey Lichtman says Guzman has hired himself and Marc Fernich, who successfully defended the son of mafia boss John Gotti in a 2005 racketeering trial, along... More »

Ted Cruz Wants Drug Lord to Pay for Border Wall

Senator introduces 'EL CHAPO' bill

(Newser) - Mexico says it won't pay for the border wall, but Ted Cruz has a plan to solve the funding standoff that involves getting a rich Mexican to pay for it. The senator introduced the EL CHAPO—Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order—Act on Tuesday, calling... More »

El Chapo's Lawyer Wants Trump to Deport the Drug Lord

Lawyer notes that Joaquin Guzman is both 'illegal and criminal'

(Newser) - A lawyer who has worked on behalf of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is trying a novel legal tactic: calling on President Trump to deport the Mexican drug lord back home from his jail cell in the US. The AP reports that lawyer Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza held up a... More »

'El Chapo' Is Not Happy About US Jail Conditions

His lawyers say he's denied visits

(Newser) - Lawyers for Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman complained about his strict jail conditions in the US during a court appearance Friday. Guzman's common-law wife, beauty queen Emma Coronel, flew to the US for the hearing in a federal court in Brooklyn, the BBC reports. Defense... More »

Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited to US

Joaquin Guzman was placed on a plane to New York at 5:30pm EST

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the US on Thursday to face drug trafficking and other charges, the AP reports. Mexico's Foreign... More »

El Chapo's Sons Blamed for Deadly Attack on Army Convoy

5 Mexican soldiers were killed in ambush

(Newser) - The sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were likely behind a brazen ambush on a military convoy using grenades and high-powered guns that left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded on Friday, officials say. The attack in Mexico's northern Sinaloa state left two military vehicles... More »

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 »

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