Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is back in the same prison he escaped from back in July and is sporting the same look as he did before escaping prison.
In the drug lord’s new prison mug shot, he wears a shaved head and no mustache, which is a far cry from his photo he took shaking hands with Hollywood actor Sean Penn, wearing a blue silk shirt, his trademark mustache and a full head of hair.
The drug lord was captured last week during a pre-dawn raid by Mexican marines in the town of Los Mochis. Authorities managed to track down his location after he conducted an interview with Penn, which was published in Rolling Stone.
The magazine released the 17-minute interview with Guzman in its entirety today, which they recorded before his apprehension.
In the video, Guzman, responds to questions via Blackberry Messenger sent by Penn, said, “no sir” when asked if he considered himself a violent person.
“Look, all I do is defend myself. Nothing more. But do I start looking for trouble? Never,” Guzman said.
The Mexican government has initiated proceedings for Guzman’s extradition to the U.S., where he faces several indictments.
The process could take over a year, the head of Mexico’s extradition office, Manuel Merino, told Radio Formula on Monday.
The Mexican government agreed to extradite Guzman, which is a sharp turnaround from the last time he was captured, in 2014, when then-Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the extradition would only happen after he finished his sentence in Mexico in “300 or 400 years.”
Guzman’s lawyers have already started filing several injunctions against his extradition to the United States, where he faces numerous Indictments in several U.S. cities.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Matt Lauer, President Obama avoided questions about the controversy surrounding Penn’s meeting with El Chapo.
Obama appeared on the Today Show ahead of his big State of The Union Adress ahead. He commended the Mexican government for recapturing the drug lord. However, the President avoided giving his opinion on Penn – who conducted the meeting with Guzman while he was on the run from authorities after his latest prison break