In the time between Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s escape from prison in July 2015 and the six months he was on the run before his recapture on Jan. 8, the notorious drug lord had a furtive meeting with two American actors, and the Mexican government was humiliated.
An unidentified source told the New York Post’s Page Six that the Mexicans sought a swap. They wanted the U.S. to turn over the famous telenovela and movie actress Kate del Castillo in exchange for the infamous Sinaloa Cartel leader.
“The Mexican government was embarrassed that [it] had told the U.S. authorities they didn’t know where ‘El Chapo’ was,” the source said. “Then two actors from Hollywood were able to find him. After the Rolling Stone piece came out, they wanted to swap ‘El Chapo’ for Kate. They wanted to embarrass her.”