How Sean Penn's Meeting Led Authorities to El Chapo: 'They Thought They Were Being Clever, They Weren't'

January 11, 2016 2:17 PM

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Sean Penn's bombshell Rolling Stoneinterview with Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo was one of the "avenues of opportunity" that lead to the criminal's recapture nearly seven months after his escape from prison, an American official with knowledge of the investigation tells PEOPLE.

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera was interviewed by Penn for the magazine back in October, while he was still in hiding from authorities. An anonymous Mexican authority told the Associated Press on Sunday that Guzmán was tracked down because of the Oscar-winner's jungle meeting and the criminal's eff...

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