(CBS Native)– At one time, Joaquín Guzmán aka “El Chapo” was some of the highly effective drug traffickers on the earth. After escaping jail a number of occasions, the previous chief of the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to jail for all times in 2019 for prison prices stemming from his involvement within the drug trafficking enterprise in Mexico.
Author and writer Noah Hurowitz spent years of his life overlaying the El Chapo saga for Rolling Stone and not too long ago wrote a ebook for Simon & Schuster about how the 64-year-old constructed one of many world’s strongest drug trafficking operations referred to as “El Chapo: The Untold Story Of The World’s Most Notorious Drug Lord.” CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith spoke to Hurowitz about spending time in Mexico to jot down the ebook, what he discovered about Guzmán and the notorious interview he did with Sean Penn.
“I received began overlaying this story on the trial of El Chapo for Rolling Stone and just about instantly I used to be fully immersed in it,” mentioned Hurowitz. “It was day by day, eight hours a day and hand writing notes. I used to be 20 toes away from El Chapo the entire time. Writing the ebook was my complete life for 2 and a half years. I used to be residing in Mexico Metropolis and it was fairly an expertise. It was actually essential to me to go to Mexico and spend as a lot time as I might within the locations I used to be writing about.”
“I got down to do greater than only a biography. To be completely trustworthy, I wasn’t simply enthusiastic about telling the story of 1 man,” mentioned Hurowitz. I believe he’s a really attention-grabbing man and he’s completed lots of insane and attention-grabbing issues. There’s lots of data on the market about his escapes and tunnels below the boarder. Once I set out to do that, my objective from the start was to inform his story and make it attention-grabbing, however to transcend that. What I discovered most fascinating about El Chapo was his early years.”
Hurowitz needed to make use of El Chapo’s story to clarify how the drug commerce expanded all through Mexico and into the US. One of many issues the writer needed to nail down was how he went from simply being a man concerned within the Mexican drug cartel to an internationally recognized determine. He additionally after all had to have a look again on the notorious interview between the previous drug trafficker and actor Sean Penn in 2016.
“Proper after he was captured for the final time, it got here out that Sean Penn had met up with him,” mentioned Hurowitz. “It was insane and I’ve watched it. Sean Penn despatched a listing of inquiries to El Chapo they usually had him report a video. I used to be desirous about what I’d ask El Chapo as a result of in that video among the questions Sean Penn asks are simply overly normal and it’s not the most effective interview, no offense to Mr. Penn. The explanation that received me desirous about what I’d ask El Chapo is that I’m not enthusiastic about El Chapo’s opinions on the drug commerce as a result of I believe they’re self-serving. Finally I see El Chapo as a foul particular person concerned at an govt concerned in a foul enterprise and I don’t see it as that completely different from lots of Fortune 500 CEOs.”
Hurowitz’s ebook is on the market now wherever books are bought.