Mexican drug kingpin’s Hollywood plans led to Friday’s arrest
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was brought down by big Hollywood dreams.
The infamous south-of-the-border cartel leader had “established communication with actors and producers, which … formed a new line of investigation,” Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez said Friday night, per the Los Angeles Times.
“El Chapo” was arrested on Friday morning following a shootout with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Guzman was then transported from Los Mochis, the seaside town in his native Sinaloa state.
He was returned to the same maximum-security prison from which he escaped six months ago through a tunnel dug beneath the facility.
Before running out on his sentence, Guzman commanded Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug cartel. The business led to many murders and general carnage.
Guzman’s life story has already been the focus of a few entertainment projects. “Chapo: The Escape of the Century,” from Mexican producer and director Alex Uriegas, is due out on Friday. Ridley Scott is also reportedly working on the film adaptation of Don Winslow novel, “The Cartel.”
The topic is a particularly hot one these days, thanks in part to the success of Netflix series, “Narcos.”
Mexican media reported Saturday that Guzman, upon being captured, exclaimed: “Damn federales! They got us.”