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"El Chapo" gave an interview to Rolling Stone prior to his arrest

Actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo interviewed the famed drug dealer.

(Photo: Screencapture from RollingStone.com)
English 09/01/2016 20:52 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 22:25
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Rolling Stone magazine just published on its online edition two minutes of an interview with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán conducted by actors Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn, in an exclusive conversation with the reputed drug lord just arrested yesterday.

According to the magazine, Penn had traveled in secret through the Mexican jungle to meet with "El Chapo," and arrange an interview at a later date.

The interview was not conducted in-person, but Penn sent questions by BBM device and "El Chapo" agreed to record his responses on videotape.

In the two-minute recording made in October, Guzmán Loera expressed that he entered the drug bussiness whe he was 15 years-old because "where I come from, which is the municipality of Badiraguato -I was raised in a ranch named La Tuna-, in that area, and up until today, there are no job opportunities. The only way to have money to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and at that age, I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it. That is what I can tell you.

Afterwards, he admits: “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”

He also points out that he does not consider himself a violent man, even with the constant upheaval caused by drug trafficking in Mexico. “Look, all I do is defend myself, nothing more,” he told Penn. “But do I start trouble? Never.”

According to the New York Times, Guzmán Loera contacted Mexican compatriot Del Castillo through his lawyer after she posted supportive messages on Twitter, since he was interested in a movie about his life. When Penn heard about the connection with Del Castillo through a mutual acquaintance he asked to participate.

When asked about the damage caused by drugs, "El Chapo" expressed that “that drugs destroy. Unfortunately, as I said, where I grew up there was no other way and there still isn't a way to survive, no way to work in our economy to be able to make a living.”

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