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Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Wanted To Make Biopic Leading To His Recapture

One of the world's most notorious outlaws thought about one thing after escaping from a Mexican prison for a second time: a movie about...

One of the world's most notorious outlaws thought about one thing after escaping from a Mexican prison for a second time: a movie about himself, the infamous drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera.

It amounted to hubris. His vanity helped authorities in recapturing him for a third time.

Police and the military successfully hunted down Guzman and his henchmen this week partly because he or his representatives contacted filmmakers about making an El Chapo biopic, Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez said.

'El Chapo' Was Recapture After He Tried To Contact Filmmakers 

"Another important aspect that allowed us to pinpoint his location was having discovered Guzman Loera's intention to film a biographical movie through establishing communication with actors and producers, which formed a new line of investigation," Gomez said.

Hollywood will likely make a movie or even a series about El Chapo, as it has about other drug lords, such as Colombia's Pablo Escobar in "Narcos."

But for now, Guzman won't have a direct hand in any.

His efforts to develop a biopic ends in a scene with high irony: After six months on the run, Guzman is now back in the same maximum security prison from which he escaped, according to a Mexican law enforcement official with knowledge of the case.

Most Wanted Drug Lord Is Back In Maximum Prison In Mexico 
Extradition of Guzman to the United States, where his cartel trafficked its drugs, is "very likely," but "will not happen right away," a senior Mexican law enforcement official told CNN Saturday.

The Mexican government has not seen a formal U.S. request for extradition, and Mexico has not taken any step yet, but the extradition is likely to happen, the official said.

The tracking of communications including cell phones and electronic exchanges involving people close to Guzman was critical in his recapture, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials.

"It was the same apparatus that caught him last time, staying tight on the people around him," one of the officials said.

The United States shared intelligence with Mexican authorities, but the actual operation was all done by the Mexicans, the U.S. officials said.

World Media Is Awash With The Recapture Of 'El Chapo' 
Guzman used an elaborate underground tunnel to break out of a Mexican federal prison in July. 
But he was recaptured Friday after the Mexican navy raided a home in the coastal city of Los Mochis in his native state of Sinaloa, where he enjoyed protection from his gunmen and many local residents who revered him as a modern Robin Hood.

Mexican forces transferred Guzman from an armored vehicle and into a helicopter late Friday night.
Guzman's prison escape -- his second one in 14 years -- embarrassed the Mexican government and became a symbol of ineptitude and corruption.

Now that Guzman is back inside the Altiplano maximum security prison in central Mexico, officials aren't disclosing exactly where he is being held inside the facility. - Online Sources 

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