Dude, That's Not El Chapo, That's My Dad: Mexican Group IDs Man in Video


“Ando arremangando” (I’m rolling up), the new video by norteño band Los Titanes de Durango, shows a big drug boss out on a country outing, escorted by a cavalcade of SUVs and bodyguards who bow to his every whim. The small, nondescript man with a small mustache, wearing a baseball cap and a white shirt with rolled up sleeves (ergo the song title), looks a lot like fugitive drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, but then again, the escaped drug lord has been depicted in plenty of videos.

But the similarity was strong enough that a former DEA agent went on the record last week to say he was pretty sure that was El Chapo.

Not so, said Titanes lead singer Sergio Sanchez Ayon.

“We wanted a character that looked like El Chapo,” he explained today on a video shown on Univision news.   “We interviewed actors. But it turns out my dad is short, we put the baseball cap on and put him in the video. We didn’t mean to cause a problem.”

Perhaps. But Los Titanes certainly meant to make an impact.

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The footage that initially raised concerns with the former DEA agent was actually behind-the-scenes footage of the video which was made to look like it was shot from a cellphone and showed “El Chapo” at an outdoor party with expensive horses, armed guards and a band. It was leaked to a website called El Blog del Narco which promptly reported El Chapo was out cavorting.

“It certainly looks like him,” former DEA agent Mike Vigil told "Everyone is at his beck and call. He's right in the middle of the party, almost guest of honor... We know (Guzmán) travels with a large entourage of armed guards.”

But Vigil did raise a red flag:

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"If I'm the most wanted man in the world, I would certainly not allow anyone to be making a video or phone calls around me," he said.

 No indeed. But it makes for a fun video to watch. 


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