If you saw any bit of the news this weekend then you already know that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was captured by Mexican Marines. The 55 year old veteran of his game was labeled by the US Treasury as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. His cartel is responsible for as much as half of the narcotics imported into the US from Mexico each year. The DEA stated that El Chapo sells more drugs today than notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar did at the height of his career. To put this in perspective, business analysts have figured that the Sinaloa Cartel is equivalent to Facebook in earnings each year. That means multiple billions. Let’s learn a little more about El Chapo….
El Chapo Fast Facts
– Forbes magazine labeled El Chapo as the “biggest druglord of all time.”
– At 15 years old Guzman singlehandedly supported his family growing and selling marijuana in his hometown.
– Cocaine from the Sinaloa Cartel is purchased from Colombia or Peru for $2,000 per kilo. In Mexico that kilo is worth $10,000. Across that border in the US that same kilo sells wholesale for $30,000. Broken down in to grams and sold in retail it’s worth $100,000.
– Chicago Crime Commission labeled Guzman “Public Enemy No. 1” due to the influence of his cartel on the city.
– In 1993 Guzman was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2001 he bribed guards and escaped.
– Guzman was given the nickname “El Chapo” which is Mexican slang for “Shorty” because his short (5’6″) and stocky appearance.
– El Chapo got into drug trafficking through his uncle Pedro Aviles Perez, who was one of the pioneers of the game.