American Heroes Channel preps “El Chapo” doc

The Discovery-owned cable net has lined up a fast-turnaround special in the wake of last week's capture of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
January 12, 2016

Discovery-owned cable net American Heroes Channel has lined up a special about last week’s capture of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The hour-long El Chapo: Caught! will air on Sunday (January 17) at 8 p.m. EST.

The doc looks at Guzmán’s history of evading authorities, including his escape from a maximum security prison last July and the ensuing manhunt that ended on January 8 with a police raid on his hideout in Sinaloa, Mexico. It also features an interview with DEA agents behind the operation that led to Guzmán’s capture in 2014.

Mexican authorities have since said actor Sean Penn’s contact with the head of the Sinaloa Cartel as part of a Rolling Stone magazine feature helped them track Guzmán down.

The so-called “Godfather of crystal meth” is wanted in several U.S. states on federal drug trafficking charges.

“With the world’s most elite tracking forces supporting Mexico on the hunt for El Chapo, what great irony is it that Sean Penn and his quest for an exclusive interview with Guzmán lead to his capture?” said Henry Schleiff - Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America group president – in a statement.

“The Penn is not mightier than the sword, which is proven in El Chapo: Caught! because it showcases the incredible work by real professionals—regardless of borders—who tirelessly teamed up to survey, gather intelligence and ultimately capture a murderous drug lord,” added the exec.

Following the special, American Heroes Channel will air the two-hour special Justice For MLK: The Hunt For James Earl Ray.

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