Global music publisher Rolling Stone is set to premiere a new five-part docuseries on world famous drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera on Facebook Watch next month.
USA v. Chapo: The Drug War Goes on Trial looks at the rise of El Chapo and the eventual takedown of the mythic narco found guilty of masterminding the rise of the Sinaloa Cartel earlier this month in New York, after years on the run and numerous prison escapes.
The series features exclusive interviews with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who tracked El Chapo down, the kingpin’s defense attorneys in Mexico and the U.S., former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine, and investigative journalists from the U.S. and Mexico. It also offers a look behind the infamous Rolling Stone interview conducted by actor Sean Penn with El Chapo while he was still on the lam in 2016.
USA v. Chapo is produced by Rolling Stone and Jigsaw Productions. The docuseries is directed by Bernardo Ruiz and produced by Ruiz and Kara Elverson. Gus Wenner, Jason Fine, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello serve as executive producers.
The series premieres exclusively on Facebook Watch on March 11, with new episodes rolling out every Monday thereafter.
“While dozens of outlets have covered the day-to-day of the trial, USA v. Chapo takes a step back to tell the behind-the-scenes story of what led to one of the biggest narcotics trials in U.S. history,” said Ruiz in a statement. “The series focuses as much on the political and economic context that gave birth to Chapo, as it does on how he became such a notorious figure. And while many outlets have further inflated the Chapo myth, we interrogate that myth, asking if the focus on one person has served to distract from the more serious problems of the drug war.”