Gangster of the Week: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

Gangster of the Week: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman
Politics
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

In this edition of Gangster of the Week, we profile Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. El Chapo is a criminal who makes his fortune illegally and violently has become a symbol of Mexico’s deadly drug wars. Mexico’s most wanted man, El Chapo (or Shorty) heads the Sinaloa cartel, one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine to the U.S.

As the war on drugs has erupted in Mexico leaving hundreds dead and a country in complete anguish, El Chapo has continued to be one of the most notoriously violent and powerful cartel leaders of modern times.

In 2011, against just the notorious Zetas cartel, Mexico ended the reign of 16 leaders who ran cartel operations at the state or national level. Even with this success, the infrastructure of Mexico continues to decline uncontrollably.

In 2008 Mexican and Colombian traffickers laundered between $18 billion and $39 billion in proceeds from wholesale shipments to the U.S. Shorty, an alleged tunnels and air logistics expert, is believed to have directed anywhere from a third to half the wholesale shipments since his 2001 prison escape. Drug scholars believe Shorty has made trafficking inroads to Europe. Apparently started out working with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, (El Padrino, or the Godfather), head of the most powerful drug-trafficking group in Mexico at that time.

The legacy of gangsters is that no matter how much success and noteriety they may see during their illustrious careers, they surely do all end in tragedy. When the violence is so rampant, the money so empowering, and the market so completely out of control El Chapo’s career will surely end in demise.

The Start

Began his career in the drug trade as an apprentice of “El Padrino” (Godfather) Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who once headed Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel. Guzman founded his own cartel in 1980, quickly establishing posts in 17 Mexican states. Sinaloa, his organization, takes its name from a Mexican state along the Pacific coast long known as a hotbed for drug trafficking. After Gallardo’s arrest in 1989, Guzman inherited some of his territory.

Billionaire Drug Lord

Although Forbes Magazine has been known to portray inaccurate wealth figures for drug lords — due to the fact that their books are not transparent — the publication has estimated El Chapo’s worth at $1 billion dollars in 2011.

Forbes Magazine

Crime pays, literally, according to Forbes Magazine El Chapo Guzman is amongst the world’s most powerful men.

2009: 41st most powerful man in the world

2010: 60th most powerful man in the world

2011: 55th most powerful man in the world

2011: Forbes 10th richest man in Mexico

The Beautiful Women

El Chapo Guzman is married to the the beautiful former pageant queen, Emma Coronel. Guzman and his beautiful bride are the proud parents of newborn twins.

The Bounty

Guzman, who escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 in a laundry truck and has a $7 million bounty on his head, has long been recognized as Mexico’s most powerful drug capo. Authorities say his Sinaloa cartel has recently been expanding abroad, building international operations in Central and South America and the Pacific.

The Positive Things?

Like late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Guzman has a reputation as a protector of his heartland in Sinaloa, a rugged region that the state still struggles to penetrate, where news of approaching of strangers quickly reaches him and his followers.

“Second, he’s just about the only source of employment in parts of Sinaloa. And he has provided security of a sort. He’s been known to apprehend small-time crooks or thugs when they got out of hand. Lastly, the name Chapo pretty much puts the fear of God into people.”

Support from Mexico’s Influential

The fugitive Sinaloa cartel leader also got a boost from Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, who said she believed in Guzman more than in the government.

Today I believe more in Chapo Guzmán that on the government that hide some painful truths, they hide the cure for cancer, AIDS, etc. For their own benefit and wealth.

Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

More In Politics

Politics Sean Levinson

The Ultimate Girl Power Selfie Just Might Break The Internet (Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted a photo on Thursday featuring herself along with some fellow feminists at a Center for American Progress event. If too much #girlpower can break the Internet, we might be in trouble. #progress4women #womensucceed pic.twitter.com/ekid9fFAsH — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 18, 2014 Joining the California Democratic Representative (clockwise from left […]

Politics Emily Siegel

How To Get Involved With US Politics And Actually Make A Difference

Emotions were high during Tuesday’s press conference with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey. Hagel was set to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaking on both the situation with ISIL and its goal to establish an Islamic state. As per usual, members of the public were allowed to attend the […]

Also On Elite

World

This Vine Took 9 Months To Make And Shows The Miracle Of Pregnancy In 6 Seconds

It’s pretty incredible to see nine months of life compressed into six seconds, and that’s what artist Ian Padgham has done in “The 9 Month Vine.” Padgham used dozens of pictures taken throughout his wife’s pregnancy to create an impressive stop motion video of their baby’s growth and birth. The Vine is simple, sweet and […]

Technology

NASA Agrees To Let Boeing And SpaceX Create Actual Space Taxis To And From ISS

NASA announced on Tuesday that Boeing will team up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build space taxis that will transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The spacecraft will replace Russia’s Soyuz capsules, which have been the only way for astronauts to get to the ISS since NASA’s Space Shuttle Program was shut down in 2011. […]

Motivation

Building Castles In The Sky: Why Daydreaming Is Actually Good For You

Freud had it right when he stated that “men and women cannot subsist on the scanty satisfaction which they extort from reality.” He believed that our tendency to daydream in our everyday lives was a tool derived from our basic pleasure principle. Lately, I’ve found myself slipping into the fantasy of being awash on some […]

World

Heroic Cat Saves Her Owner By Waking Him Up During A Massive House Fire (Video)

Cats are literally the greatest things that have ever happened to humans (that is, when they’re not cheating on their owners). I may be a little biased — I have three myself — but, listen up. I have proof that cats save lives. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sully, a courageous tabby, saved her owner […]