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Sean Penn dines while “El Chapo” is extradited one year after Rolling Stone interview

January 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Sean Penn dines while “El Chapo” is extradited one year after Rolling Stone interview

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As El Chapo arrived in New York after the shocking news broke that he had finally been extradited to the United States, Hollywood actor Sean Penn was seen out for dinner at an upscale restaurant in Los Angeles.

Close to a year to the day after  Sean Penn published his notorious interview with the infamous drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the two men were on opposite sides of the coast and in two completely different positions.

As El Chapo was escorted to a maximum security federal prison in Manhattan, Penn had dinner at the expensive Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, the Daily Mail reported.

Although they had once shared sips of tequila in the jungle while El Chapo was on the lam, the actor and the kingpins situations now couldn’t be more different.

However, in October 2015, Penn touched down in Mexico to meet El Chapo and write what became a heavily-criticized Rolling Stone article.

El Chapo had consented to be interviewed by Penn in a gathering that was arranged by Kate del Castillo.

Sean Penn was spotted dining in an upscale Los Angeles restaurant on the night news broke that El Chapo was being extradited to the US

It was the only meeting the Sinaloa cartel leader allowed after he escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel under his cell shower just months prior.

Sean Penn used the majority of his Rolling Stone piece to describe how the meeting was arranged, along with his trip to visit El Chapo.

The A-list actor noted that he and Castillo were not blindfolded on the plane as they traveled to the drug lord’s hiding place.

“Any experienced traveler might have been able to collect triangulated landmarks to re-navigate the journey,” Penn wrote.

“Through his faith in Kate, whom he’d only known through letters or BBM, we are enjoying an unusual trust,” he added. Penn then went into minute detail as he recounted the moment he met the “world’s most famous fugitive.”

Sean Penn was spotted walking out of the restaurant, a cigarette dangling from his fingers, on Thursday night

“There is no doubt this is the real deal. He’s wearing a casual patterned silk shirt, black jeans, and he appears remarkably well-groomed and healthy for a man on the run,” the piece continued,

“After greeting her, he turned to me with a smile, putting out his outstretched hand. I take it. He pulls me into a “compadre” hug, looks me in the eyes and speaks a greeting in Spanish too fast for my ears.”

The actual interview part of the article was brief, with snippets of El Chapo telling Penn about how he started trafficking drugs as a means of survival when he was only 15-years-old.

The drug lord also told Sean Penn that he hadn’t taken drugs in 20 years and that he wouldn’t change anything if he could because “for me, the way things are, I’m happy.”

DEA officers are seen leading El Chapo through the airport after he was extradited to the US on Thursday

However, that happiness diminished after he was captured during a shootout that killed five of his comrades just three months after the infamous meeting with Penn.

El Chapo escaped the safe house through a sewer tunnel but was arrested hours later. Ironically, Penn’s article was published the following day.

Over a year after he was captured, El Chapo arrived in New York at the Long Island MacArthur Airport at approximately 10 pm on Thursday.

A convoy of SUVs was awaiting the prisoner when he landed, and after exiting the plane, he was led into a hangar and rushed into the back of one of the vehicles.

Guzman was escorted by an army of federal agents to a New York City federal holding facility late Thursday night

El Chapo’s extradition occurred only hours before Donald Trump’s inauguration was scheduled to begin.

Many allege that the timing was not an accident, but was instead a message from the Mexican government.

“It could be coincidence, but I think that’s unlikely,” Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst, stated.

“They could not send him after Trump was inaugurated because the interpretation would have been a tribute. Maybe they wanted to do it close enough so that both administrations – the outgoing and the incoming – could make some political hay out of this.”

A former DEA official also added his opinion in regards to the theory.

“The Mexican government decided to move up the time frame because they didn’t want Trump to be in the presidency when they sent him over,” Michael Vigil, the former director of international operations for the DEA, stated.

El Chapo’s extradition comes nearly a year to the day Penn’s heavily-criticized piece and interview with the drug lord was published in Rolling Stone

However, Mexico refused that there was any political motivation behind the timing of the extradition, insisting that they sent El Chapo to the United States as soon as they were able to.

Alberto Elias Beltran, Deputy Attorney General, who was asked at a press conference about the timing of the extradition, said the federal government cannot meddle in court decisions.

“It was resolved today, and under terms of the international treaty had to make the handover immediately,” he said.

Also, a federal law enforcement official told JammedUp that Mexico wanted to placate both incoming and outgoing administrations.

“The Mexican government would not want to start off on the wrong foot with the incoming Trump Administration,” the official said.

As JammedUp News reported in December, the Mexican government intended on extraditing Guzman either right before or right after Trump’s inauguration.

He will be tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, which is one of seven districts with pending indictments against the drug boss, and is considered to have one of the best chances of getting a guilty verdict.

‘El Chapo’ agreed to the interview with Penn, which was set up by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo

Guzman pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment during his initial arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday.

The New York indictment charges him with overseeing a trafficking cartel with thousands of members and billions of dollars in profits that were sent back to Mexico.

It also claims that Guzman and other associates of the Sinaloa cartel hired hit men who carried out kidnappings, murders, and other acts of torture.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department revealed the extradition in a statement.

“The government today handed Mr. Guzman to U.S. authorities,” the statement explained, referring to a court decision on Thursday denying a legal appeal by his attorneys against extradition.

Courtroom drawing, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, center, pleads not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court

The Sinaloa boss had been most recently held in an infamously violent prison close to the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

He was re-captured a year ago after his second brazen escape and had fought extradition since.

The drug lord may face life in prison as a result of the charges.

The revelation occurred just days after his attorney contended that a prison officer was sexually harassing El Chapo.

His attorney, Silvia Delgado said that El Chapo was “uncomfortable” with the way he was being treated and said: “There is a security guard that handles me instead of only touching me.”

The drug lord was recaptured in January last year, six months after his daring escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison through a one-mile tunnel.

He had previously escaped from another prison back in 2001 and was apprehended in 2014.

He was transported back to Altiplano after his January arrest but was transferred in May.

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