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Film documentary explores the arrest of El Chapo

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Some of the most notorious fugitives in the world recently brought to justice.

Osama Bin Laden spent more than a decade hiding from authorities before he was shot and killed in Pakistan in 2011.

Mob boss White Bulger was on the run for 16 years before he was captured in Santa Monica in 2012.

And back in February Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman, aka "El Chapo" was taken into custody by Mexican authorities near Mazatlan.

Guzman is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the number one supplies of narcotics flowing into the United States.

But Guzman's arrest is raising some serious questions. One of which, is this the real El Chapo? 

The other is how were police able to arrest him without a single shot being fired. We talked with a filmmaker whose new document hopes to answer some of those questions.

It's been six months since the world's most powerful drug kingpin was taken into custody, but many in Mexico and the United States have serious doubts about whether or not authorities got their man.

"When have you seen a news story like this when a colossal fugitive is taken in, and you're not sure if it's him," said Charlie Minn.

Minn traveled to Mexico to try and answer that question. His film "Is it El Chapo?" is debuting nationwide this Friday.

He said someone as dangerous and powerful as El Chapo could easily have faked his own arrest.

"When you have that much money you can do anything, you can buy anything, you can buy your looks... with Chapo Guzman he's so smart that you never know," said Minn.

Minn's film looks at whether he was protected by a corrupt government or his own people. Guzman's drug empire is just as large as his popularity within Mexico.

"Here we have a man who is responsible for killing 80,000 dead Mexican's, but yet people there still love him. That would be like the State of Arizona loving Jared Lee Loughner," he said.

But the underlying question remains, is this the real El Chapo, and if he's really that dangerous how was he captured without any blood being shed?

"To be taken down without one gunshot should tell you something right away... you're not going to tell me that a man with that much power, that much ammunition, who supposedly has 200 armed guards surrounding him goes down in such a weak way," said Minn.

"If this was an honest arrest then the reason there was no gunfire is because he didn't want his family killed," he said.

The film debuts Friday night at Harkins Valley Art Theater in Tempe, it runs through next week.
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