Footage from GoPro cameras worn by elite Mexican marines caught last week's violent predawn raid that ended in the recapture of wanted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was protected by a dozen well-armed guards.
Guzmán was able to flee from the home by running through underground sewers, crawling up a manhole, and stealing a car, Mexican authorities said. But the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel was tracked down again by authorities after a woman quickly reported the stolen car.
The nearly 15-minute video, posted by Televisa, starts with a series of explosions under the cover of night. The special forces group rushes into the hideout, shooting and throwing what appears to be grenades into a room, while an injured marine receives medical care.
The marines then go through each room of the house, capturing one man and later two women who laid on the floor of one of the bathrooms. The Mexican navy said five people, none of them law enforcement officers, were killed. Six people were arrested, but they were not immediately identified.
Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez told a local radio station that the meeting was an essential element in the drug lord’s capture, Reuters reported.
The meeting "was an essential element, because we were following [Guzmán’s] lawyer, and the lawyer took us to these people and to this meeting," Gomez told local radio.
Speaking to reporters last week after his capture, Gomez said Guzmán’s Hollywood dreams helped lead to the capture.
“He established communications with actors and producers which formed part of a new investigative route,” Gomez said.
Mexican actor Kate del Castillo, who had corresponded with Guzmán and expressed interest in making a biopic about him, helped broker the meeting between the cartel leader and Penn.
Adolfo Flores is a national security correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. He focuses on immigration.
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