Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán allegedly entered the United States twice, after his second escape from a max security Mexican prison, to visit relatives before his capture. The accused Mexican drug lord is currently in custody, for now.
Reports The Guardian:
Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz said that shortly after an interview with Hollywood star Sean Penn last year, her father dodged a massive manhunt with the complicity of corrupt Mexican officials and evaded US border controls to sneak into California – despite being one of the world’s most wanted fugitives.
She also accused senior Mexican politicians of accepting donations from El Chapo when they ran for office, and said that in return officials turned a blind eye to his escapes from prison.
“My dad is not a criminal. The government is guilty,” she told the Guardian.
The explosive allegations made by Guzmán Ortiz could not be independently verified and are likely to be vigorously contested by Mexican and US authorities.
El Chapo was captured back in early January and is back at the Altiplano jail, where he escaped from before.
Ortiz had plenty to more tea to spill about her father’s plans:
Guzmán Ortiz said the drug lord had planned to hand the reins of the Sinaloa cartel to her half-brother, Iván Archivaldo, but was betrayed by a cartel colleague, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada – and by the Mexican government, which she said had broken an agreement to protect El Chapo.
It is the first time the cartel leader’s daughter has spoken to the media. The Guardian has seen several documents confirming her identity, including her birth certificate and Mexican voting card.
Guzmán Ortiz’s identity was also confirmed by Francisco Villa Gurrola, an evangelical minister in El Chapo’s hometown of Badiraguato, who is a close friend of the drug lord’s 87-year-old mother Consuela Loera.
El Chapo will reportedly be extradited to Brooklyn to face charges in the U.S. If he doesn’t escape before then, of course.
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