Mexico orders 'El Chapo'-linked actress Kate del Castillo to be located

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Feb. 4, 2016 at 1:41 PM
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MEXICO CITY, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Mexico's Attorney General office has ordered for Kate del Castillo to be located as it mounts pressure to make the actress linked to drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testify.

Attorney general officials said Del Castillo ignored the agency's initial request for her testify. Del Castillo has been ordered to present herself and authorities have been ordered to locate her whereabouts.

Mexico's federal judiciary council on Wednesday confirmed Del Castillo filed a court petition seeking an injunction against her possible arrest as it relates to her relationship with Guzman. She has not been charged with a crime yet but may face contempt charges if she fails to report.

Del Castillo was subpoenaed in January as part of a money-laundering investigation related to her links with Guzman and into the finances of her Honor Del Castillo tequila brand in an effort to determine if drug money went into her business.

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez previously said there are indications Guzman provided funds to del Castillo's business, but the links have not been proven. The United States also initiated an inquiry.

"Even where there are indications, we need legal certainty," Gomez said, adding that indications include messages between del Castillo, Guzman and his lawyers that said "we're in business" and "we're in this together."

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