El Chapo Had Erectile Dysfunction Surgery While on the Run: Report

El Chapo
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He did what?! According to Mexican newspaper Reforma, notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman underwent a pretty intense surgery during the months that he was on the run from authorities — to fix his erectile dysfunction.

“Between September and October last year, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman underwent surgery in which doctors placed an implant in the testicles so he could get an erection, said sources close to the investigation into this capture,” Reforma reports. “The implant improves blood circulation and is recommended to patients with erectile dysfunction, a disease that, according to the sources, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel suffers.”

The newspaper goes on to report that the forensic doctors noticed scars on “the back, hips and reproductive system” that were indicative of such a procedure. The surgery reportedly took place in Tijuana.

Guzman, 58, was recaptured by authorities on Friday, January 8, following his escape from a maximum security prison back in July. At the time, he was believed to have climbed down 30 feet through a hole in his jail cell floor and then made his way through a mile-long tunnel before surfacing and escaping.

An interview he did with Sean Penn for Rolling Stone was released Saturday, January 9. The top-secret rendezvous is believed to have led authorities to Guzman.

Penn, 55, sat down with CBS’s Charlie Rose to share his side of the story in an episode of 60 Minutes set to air on Sunday, January 17.

“I have a terrible regret,” he admitted to Rose. “I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy about the war on drugs. … My article failed.”

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