chapoDrug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman bankrolled the election of senior Mexico politicians and twice secretly entered the United States to visit relatives, according to his eldest daughter.

Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz said that shortly after the Sean Penn/Kate Del Castillo interview, her father dodged a massive manhunt with the complicity of corrupt Mexican officials and evaded US border controls to sneak into California – despite being one of the world’s most wanted fugitives.

She also accused senior Mexican politicians of accepting donations from El Chapo when they ran for office, and said that in return officials turned a blind eye to his escapes from prison.

“My dad is not a criminal. The government is guilty,” she told “The Guardian.”

Guzmán Ortiz said her father crossed the border in late 2015 to visit relatives and to view her home, a five-bedroom house with a large garden which he bought for her and her four children. She granted the interview on condition its location not be disclosed.

“My dad deposited the money in a bank account with a lawyer and a while after he came to see the house, his house. He came twice.”

She declined to specify how he criss-crossed the heavily guarded frontier, saying only: “I asked him the same, believe me.”

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