Official sources believe filmmakers went with Sean Penn to meet notorious drug lord
A Spanish and an Argentinean film producer accompanied actorsSean Penn and Kate del Castillo last October during their secret meeting with Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera, official sources in Mexico have revealed.
Spaniard José Ibáñez-Martín Pira and Argentinean Fernando Sulichin traveled to El Chapo’s hideout in the mountains of Durango state with the two stars to discuss the possibility of filming the drug lord’s story.
Neither Ibáñez nor Sulichin were mentioned in Penn’s firsthand account of his meeting with El Chapo published by Rolling Stonemagazine on January 9.
Until now, it was believed that Del Castillo, who played a drug trafficker in the popular soap opera La reina del sur (The queen of the south), was the only other person who accompanied Penn during his seven-hour meeting with Guzmán, which included dinner.
United States treasury laws prohibit US citizens and other people with interests in that country from doing business with individuals or companies who have been put on a criminal watch list. Anyone convicted of breaking the sanctions could face up to 10 years in prison.
El Chapo is wanted on murder, drug conspiracy and other charges in at least six federal court jurisdictions in the United States. Mexico has begun extradition proceedings against him.