(CBS) — Dramatic new video released Monday shows the violent raid on the hideout of the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman that led to the arrest of Chicago’s “Public Enemy Number 1.”
Five of El Chapo’s associates died in the shootout.
Authorities say an interview with Hollywood star Sean Penn helped lead to the arrest. Penn expresses no regrets about his interview with the drug lord, saying, “I’ve got nothin’ to hide.”
Rolling Stone magazine defends giving El Chapo final approval over the article, telling the New York Times “they got their man.”
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has more.
Mexican forces engaged in a raging gun battle killing six hit men who were guarding the drug lord, while Guzman snuck out the back through a manhole. He didn’t get far.
On Saturday, Rolling Stone ran an article by Sean Penn, revealing that he interviewed El Chapo in a Mexican jungle back in October, a meeting arranged in part by Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo.
CBS 2 Legal Expert Irv Miller says he doesn’t believe Penn will be in any trouble.
“He’s acting as a reporter and there are certain first amendment rights when you’re acting as a reporter,” Miller said.
But Penn could still end up in court as a witness. In the article, Guzman is quoted as telling Penn that he supplies “more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.”
“I don’t think there are a lot of people in the world that have taken a confession from El Chapo’” said former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins. “As a prosecutor, that’s certainly a statement I’d want to use. It would be very admissible in a courtroom.”
The question is, will it be in a courtroom in Mexico, or in the US?
“Extradition cases historically take time, but they usually prevail,” Miller said. “I think that he’s going to be brought to the United States. I think he’s going to be brought back to Chicago.”
Although, this is a man who’s escaped before.
“I don’t think people should underestimate El Chapo’s sort of resilience,” Collins said.
El Chapo is jailed tonight, in the very same prison from which he escaped 6 months ago – only this time, under 24-hour guard of the Mexican military.
The Mexican attorney general confirms Penn and Del Castillo’s visit helped lead them to the drug kingpin, who had called movie producers about a bio-pic. His vanity may have been his own worst enemy.