Jack Riley, former No. 2 at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, declared that actor/activist Sean Penn should be jailed for obstructing the arrest of notorious drug dealer Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman years ago.
On Oct. 2, 2015, Mexican marines were closing in on the drug lord at a hilltop compound in La Tuna when Penn and actress Kate del Castillo arrived to discuss making a film of Chapo’s life. The military waited for the celebrities to leave, lost the element of surprise, and El Chapo escaped again.
“Oh, my God! If I could get my hands on Sean Penn!” Riley told the New York Post. “The people he put at risk because of that stunt. He should be in jail.”
Riley wanted Penn and del Castillo prosecuted for obstruction, but DoJ officials declined, citing Penn’s protection as a journalist because he published his interview with Chapo at Rolling Stone magazine.