Obama Administraion 'Bemused': El Chapo visited US twice during prison escape
The Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — the most wanted man in the world — visited his daughter twice at her home in California during his stunning escape from jail last year, she admitted Friday.
The 57-year-old drug kingpin popped into the five-bedroom abode belonging to his oldest daughter, Rose Isela Guzman Ortiz, with his female lawyer, Ortiz said.
“After a while, she came to see the house, his house — and he came twice,” she admitted in an interview with The Guardian.
El Chapo paid for the sprawling pad, which features a garden, by funneling money through the lawyer, she said.
She also claimed her dad pulled off the dramatic prison escape last July with the help of corrupt Mexican authorities.
He avoided arrest following his much-hyped interview with actor Sean Penn with their help, too, she said.
“My dad’s escape was an agreement,” Ortiz said. But eventually they turned on him and he was recaptured because they double-crossed him, she said.
“If there’s a pact, they don’t respect it. Now that they catch him, they say he’s a criminal, a killer. But they didn’t say that when they asked for money for their campaigns. They’re hypocrites,” she slammed.
Ortiz refused to say how her father made it from Mexico to California.
The druglord was arrested two months ago after a firefight with Mexican marines.
His cartel smuggled drugs into the US through tunnels under the Mexican border, according to authorities.