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BUSINESS INSIDER – Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the infamous Sinaloa cartel boss, was captured on Friday after an almost seven-month manhunt — partly because he had dreams of becoming a movie star.
Over the course of his time on the lam, the drug kingpin contacted producers and prospective actors to star in a biopic about himself, according to the AFP.
“An important aspect that allowed us to locate him was that we discovered Guzman’s intention to make a biographical film, for which he established contact with actresses and producers,” Mexico’s attorney general, Arely Gomez, told the AFP.
After a morning shootout with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, a city in his native Sinaloa state, Guzmán was arrested along with six others, the Associated Press reports.
The successful mission comes on the heels of a botched operation in October, where Mexican forces decided not to fire on an escaping Guzman, fearing they would injure a young girl who was accompanying him, according to the AFP.