El Chapo, the once elusive Mexican drug kingpin, went through some intense surgery while he was a fugitive from the law. Us Weekly reports that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman underwent a surgical procedure to fix his erectile dysfunction.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) January 16, 2016
“Between September and October last year, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman underwent surgery in which doctors placed an implant in the testicles so he could get an erection, said sources close to the investigation into this capture,” Mexican newspaper, Reforma, reports. “The implant improves blood circulation and is recommended to patients with erectile dysfunction, a disease that, according to the sources, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel suffers.”
The surgery allegedly took place in Tijuana, Mexico. The newspaper also reports that doctors discovered scars on his back, hips, and reproductive organs as a result of the surgery.
Guzman, 60, was found by authorities on Friday, January 8. He escapedd from a maximum security prison in July via a mile-long tunnel that began as a hole in his jail cell floor.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 16, 2016
Before he was captured, El Chapo sat down for an interview with actor Sean Penn for an article for Rolling Stone Magazine. Their secret rendezvous is believed to be what led authorities to El Chapo’s location.
“I have a terrible regret,” Penn revealed to CBS’s Charlie Rose, during an interview. “I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy about the war on drugs. … My article failed.”
He also sought to downplay his role in the recapture of El Chapo.
“There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was — as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted — ‘essential’ to his capture,” Penn said. “We had met with him many weeks earlier…on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.”
According to CBS News, Penn and Rolling Stone also confronted lots of criticism for letting El Chapo to read and review the article before it was published. Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone, justified the story approval decision, claiming that “it was a small price to pay.”
Penn also mentioned that he believed that he got access to El Chapo because he’s not a “traditional” journalist and that mainstream journalists are jealous of him because of his El Chapo scoop.
“When you get the story that every journalist in the world wanted, there’s a lot of green-eyed monsters who gonna come give you a kiss,” Penn said.
“Those are jealous journalists you’re suggesting,” Rose said.
“That, yes….Of course I know that there are people who don’t like me out of the gate,” Penn said.
“You’re not without controversy,” Rose said.
“Not without controversy. Fair enough,” Penn said. “At the same time, you know, when…’journalists’ who want to say that I’m not a journalist — well, I want to see the license that says that they’re a journalist.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 14, 2016
But more and more juicy details have been coming out about the El Chapo recapture and his meeting with Sean Penn. Business Insider reports that while he was a fugitive, the Mexican drug kingpin sent some very flirty text messages to Mexican actress, Kate del Castillo. According to Business Insider and a long list of media outlets, Del Castillo helped Sean Penn land the interview with El Chapo.
“I’ll take care of you. You’ll see when you come,” Guzmán wrote to del Castillo in one of the text messages. El Chapo used the name “Papa” in the text and it was sent in late September, mere months after he escaped from prison.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. According to VICE News, he has been returned to the prison he previously escaped from and is fighting a legal battle to avoid extradition to the United States.
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