‘El Chapo’ Was in California Twice After Escape From Mexican Prison: Daughter

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Mexican forces escorted Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman out of an armored vehicle and into a helicopter late Friday night following his arrest after months on the run. (Credit: CEPROPIE via CNN)

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman managed twice to evade border security and sneak into California to visit relatives after his escape from prison, according to his daughter.

Guzman entered the U.S. shortly after his interview in October with actor Sean Penn, said the drug kingpin’s eldest daughter, Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz, in an interview with the Guardian.

She said her father gave money to Mexican politicians in exchange for protection, a deal she said was broken. Guzman Ortiz provided the Guardian with a number of documents confirming her identity, including a birth certificate.

Guzman, one of the world’s most wanted criminals, was recaptured Jan. 8 after a bloody shootout in the Mexican coastal town of Los Mochis. He had escaped from prison in July, his second escape from a maximum-security prison, using a milelong tunnel and help from security guards.

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