- Mexican newspaper El Universal has obtained pictures of Sean Penn arriving in Mexico ahead of his meeting with El Chapo in October
- The actor met with El Chapo three months after the drug lord broke out of Mexico’s most secure prison
- He was recaptured on Friday by Mexican marines in his home state of Sinaloa
- Mexican authorities are now working to extradite the cartel boss to the U.S. where he also faces charges related to drug trafficking
Actor Sean Penn says he worried that officials were monitoring his trip to interview fugitive drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
He was right; he just didn’t know how closely.
The Mexican newspaper El Universal has published 10 photographs that appear to show Penn and actress Kate Del Castillo arriving at an airport in October and greeting the men who apparently took them to a small airstrip, from which they flew to the jungle camp to meet Guzman.
The photos appear to have been taken with a telephoto lens from long distance. The newspaper said Monday they were part of a Mexican government intelligence file that it obtained.
Meeting El Chapo: Mexican newspaper El Universal has published photos of Sean Penn arriving in Mexico to meet with El Chapo. Above, the actor pictured shaking the drug lord’s hand in a photo taken for Rolling Stone magazine
Planner: In his story for Rolling Stone, Penn wrote that Mexican actress Kate del Castillo (pictured in October) helped broker the meeting with El Chapo
Figures that closely resemble Penn and Del Castillo are seen wearing dark glasses, and in Penn’s case, a baseball cap.
The newspaper says the intelligence file indicates that Mexican agents had been photographing Del Castillo since her first meeting with Guzman’s lawyers in the city of Guadalajara, on June 16.
Guzman was recaptured in an early morning raid Friday, in his home state of Sinaloa, six months after staging a bold escape from Meixco’s most secure prison.
Mexican authorities are working with the U.S. to extradite Guzman to America where he also faces drug-related charges.
Guzman’s prison break in July was his second, and authorities hope incarceration in the United States will insure he stays behind bars.
The head of extradition for the Mexican Attorney General’s Office says it probably will take at least a year to extradite Guzman.
Officials had previously estimated a six-month minimum, but Jose Manuel Merino told local media that the extradition would probably take ‘one year or longer’.
Merino told Radio Formula that the length of the process would depend on how hard the defendant’s lawyers fight each stage. Merino said the process had lasted as long as six years, in one case.
The Attorney General’s Office issued a statement Sunday it’s started the extradition mechanism by notifying Guzman that two arrest warrants from the U.S. are being processed.
Guzman’s attorney Juan Pablo Badillo has said that the defense already has filed six motions to challenge extradition requests.