El Chapo: CEO of Crime
Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as ‘El Chapo,’ which is slang for Shorty, is officially the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. His Mexican drug cartel controls hundreds of distribution cells throughout Mexico, The United States, Brazil, Europe and even Australia. In fact any community that has access to any type of dangerous drugs can be directly or indirectly connected to El Chapo. In less than ten years, this man turned a start up operation into a multinational criminal empire.
To many Mexicans, he is a folk hero, a cultural icon followed by thousands. Many songs praising his lifestyle have become popular in both English and Spanish. People in his hometown worship him because he came from poverty and he allegedly helps the poor.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and it currently has one of the largest Mexican populations outside of Mexico. This allows Chapo’s surrogates to easily hide amongst thousands of hard working, law-abiding, unsuspecting Mexican- Americans while they destroy entire neighborhoods. Chicago is a foothold into the Midwest; that’s why in 2006 Chapo declared his intentions to make Chicago his distribution center. The Sinaloa Cartel, his criminal organization, has done exactly that. This cartel controls the passageway for the entry of cocaine from Colombia into the United States via Guatemala by air, boat, and land.
Sinaloa, Guzman’s home state, has been the center of Mexican drug production for nearly 200 years. During WWII the poppies grown in Sinaloa were turned into morphine. However today it’s all about pot. Many of the farmers in the area, including members of Guzman’s family, are devoted to growing marijuana. In fact, El Chapo planted his own first crop at the young age of 15.
El Chapo has become public enemy number one, a title held in the 1950s by Alphonse Gabriel better known as Al Capone. El Chapo makes Al Capone look like a boy scout. That’s how dangerous and powerful this man has become. What’s more amazing is that a man who appears to be everywhere, has become so illusive.
On the night of July 11, 2015, El Chapo Guzman escaped from prison, making this his second escape from detainment in Mexico. Apparently he bribed his way out of what was supposed to be a high security penitentiary. Some believe that the reason why he is so hard to catch is because he is being protected by some very powerful people. Watch this interesting film now.