A retired DEA agent is now saying that left-wing actor Sean Penn should be arrested for interfering in federal investigations and helping Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escape arrest.
You may recall that Penn arranged a visit with El Chapo as part of a deal made for Rolling Stone magazine in 2015.
Now, a former DEA agent is saying that Penn’s foolishness scuttled an attempt to arrest the drug dealer and murderer.
Per Fox News:
Jack Riley, 60, came close to seeing El Chapo arrested on Oct. 2, 2015, but the operation conducted by Mexican marines was interrupted when Penn, accompanied by Mexican soap opera actress, Kate del Castillo, arrived at the El Tuna compound, the New York Post reported.
“Oh, my God! If I could get my hands on Sean Penn!” Riley told the Post. “The people he put at risk because of that stunt. He should be in jail.”
The Mexican Marines — who American authorities say are one of the few Mexican agencies that can be trusted not to throw in with the cartels — put their operation on hold because they did not want to put Penn and the Rolling Stone people in danger.
But putting the mission on hold meant missing their window to capture the killer and he got away again at the time.
Riley says he looked into having Penn arrested.
Riley pushed to have Penn and del Castillo prosecuted for obstruction, but his boss at the DEA and officials at the Department of Justice declined to pursue the case, citing Penn’s protection because he was acting as a journalist.
Riley added that he intended to get El Chapo whether some idiot like Penn was in the way or not. “And if Sean Penn was up there again, to hell with him. Nothing was going to stop us,” Riley said.
Authorities in the US finally cornered El Chapo in 2016. He is now on trial in the U.S. for his crimes.
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