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Mexican police probing actress friend of ‘El Chapo’

Kate del Castillo, the actress who helped Sean Penn secure his meeting with fugitive drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been granted an injunction to avoid arrest in Mexico.

Attorney General Arely Gomez told El Universal newspaper that the star was under investigation for money laundering because there were signs Guzman had given illegal funds to her tequila company. 

Arely Gomez revealed “a summons had been issued” for Del Castillo to testify about her connection to Guzman, but she filed a temporary injunction to prevent her arrest, citing potential violations of the Mexican Constitution.

Del Castillo, who is known for playing a female drug lord in the “Queen of the South” soap opera series, helped arrange Penn’s clandestine meeting with the crime boss. By doing so, the actor also inadvertently contributed to his recapture by authorities a day before Rolling Stone published Penn’s article about Guzman. Fortunately for Del Castillo, she acquired joint U.S.-Mexican citizenship five months before Guzman was recaptured, and Mexican orders against her can only be enforced in this country. 

The actress has announced she still has plans to produce a biographical film about the drug kingpin’s career. Guzman’s lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez also declared that his client had given Del Castillo legal permission to represent him on screen.

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