El Chapo's Daughter Says He Snuck Into California Twice While On The Lam
Mexican drug lord and expert prison escapee Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman supposedly paid California multiple visits while he was on the run. He didn't even let us know he was around, how rude!
In an interview with The Guardian, El Chapo's daughter Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz says that he snuck into California late last year after conducting the now-infamous Rolling Stone interview conducted by Sean Penn. According to Guzmán Ortiz, her father was aided by—surprise, suprise—corrupt Mexican officials, and was able to enter the U.S. to visit her and their relatives on two occasions.
Per The Guardian:
Guzmán Ortiz said her father crossed the border in late 2015 to visit relatives and to view her home, a five-bedroom house with a large garden which he bought for her and her four children. She granted the interview on condition its location not be disclosed. "My dad deposited the money in a bank account with a lawyer and a while after he came to see the house, his house. He came twice."
She declined to specify how he criss-crossed the heavily guarded frontier, saying only: "I asked him the same, believe me."
Guzmán Ortiz also said that while El Chapo's most recent escape from prison was all part of a plan: senior Mexican officials knew about it. "My dad’s escape was an agreement," she told the Guardian.
Last July, El Chapo escaped the maximum security prison at Atiplano for a second time using an elaborate escape route that included a mile-long tunnel and a motorcycle-riggled getaway-cart. In January, Chapo was captured, after his attempts to contact producers about making a Narcos-style show tipped off authorities to his location.