|Joaquin El Chapo Guzman-Back in custody again. (Photo-NBC News)|
But the next day Rolling Stone magazine came out with an exclusive interview with El Chapo by movie actor, sometime-activist and wannabe journalist Sean Penn. The Mexican government quickly shifted PR gears and said they knew all about the actor’s secret interview with Guzman in a Mexican jungle in October and that the interview led to El Chapo’s capture. They have yet to explain why, if they knew about the October interview, it took them from October to January recapture the fugitive Guzman.
|Mexican soap opera actress Kate del Castillo. El Chapo Guzman, the world's most powerful drug lord got an erectile dysfunction implant in anticipation of meeting her.(Viva Photo)|
del Castillo: "I am so moved to hear that you will take care of me. No one has ever taken care of me."
|Sean What's-His-Name. He says his Rolling Stone interview of drug lord Joaquin Guzman failed because it didn't spark a national discussion of the War on Drugs. (Photo-60 Minutes)|
El Chapo made some interesting preparations for his planned meeting with Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo. Even though Mexican authorities were supposedly conducting an intense, nationwide manhunt looking everywhere for him, sometime last September Guzman went to Tijuana, the border city adjacent to San Diego, and had erectile dysfunction surgery. The procedure was a new one involving a testicle implant which reportedly improves blood flood to the penis. The procedure required a general anesthetic but for some reason Guzman was not worried about getting captured while his balls were under the knife. He had the procedure and left Tijuana with some pain meds and pills for erectile dysfunction even though he had just had surgery for that problem. Apparently he wasn’t leaving anything to chance. He wanted to ensure he was up for the meeting a few weeks later with Kate del Castillo. Oh, and Guzman intended to be cordial to that American actor—what’s his name—Sean Penn.
The U.S. has the finest spy satellites and electronic intercept equipment in the world. U.S. spy satellites have long had the ability to see, from thousands of miles in space, the headlines on a newspaper being read by someone on a park bench on the ground.
That may be part of the reason why Wershe remains in prison serving a life sentence when others in Michigan charged for similar crimes have been paroled. He was working for the FBI, not the DEA.
The rivalry and competition between the FBI and DEA runs wide and deep ever since Congress gave the Bureau concurrent jurisdiction in the War on Drugs. The two most powerful federal law enforcement agencies are locked in competition to make big cases which help secure ever larger budgets.
|Carlos Lehder, one of the notorious drug lords of the Colombian Medellin Cartel. He and Rick Wershe were in prison together for a time.|
One of the witnesses at the 2003 parole hearing, former Detroit Police Homicide Inspector William Rice has signed a sworn affidavit stating he was shown Wershe’s sealed grand jury testimony in preparation for his testimony against Wershe at the parole hearing.