Your 20 facts – About Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – The Mexican Drug Lord !!
1. Drug Kingpin
Guzmán founded his own cartel, known as Sinaloa,in 1989.In 2009, Sinaloa was reportedly pulling in $3 billion annually, putting Guzmán’s net worth at around $1 billion.
2. Public Enemy No.1
Guzman is the first person since Al Capone to be labeled Public Enemy No.1. U.S. government offered a $5 million reward for information that led to his arrest.
3. Escaped maximum-security prison
El Chapo has managed to escape a maximum-security prison not once, but twice in the past 14 years. It was rumored that he hid in a laundry basket as he was smuggled out of prison.
His 2001 escape cost a reported $2.5 million and it was estimated that up to 78 accomplices helped hatch the breakout.
In 2015 Guzmán slipped through an opening in his cell’s shower section, made his way down a 30-foot ladder,
and then traveled through a tunnel network that connected his cell to a house that was still under construction about a mile away.Guzman’s escape tunnel cost $5 million.
4. There are so many songs about him
El Chapo has so many songs, or “narcocorridos,” that have been written in his honor, that Billboard compiled a list of the most loved songs written for and about the mob boss.
5. He married an 18-year-old beauty queen
In November of 2007, when he was reportedly between the ages of 50 and 52, he married 18-year-old beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro. She is his third or fourth wife.
6. His first prison term was more like a 5 star resort stay
Rumor has it El Chapo’s time spent behind bars from 1993 to 2001 was more like a stay at the Ritz Carlton than serving hard time in a maximum-security prison.
7. A Catholic bishop was reportedly mistaken for El Chapo and brutally gunned down
On May 24, 1993 Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, a Mexican bishop and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was gunned down in a parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport. He was inside a car that received 14 gunshots. Six other people were murdered in the parking lot too. The New Yorker reported that “the gunmen apparently mistook him” for El Chapo. The murder caused an uproar in Mexico and to this day the case has not been solved.
8. Operation Fast and Furious
The Sinaloa Cartel was one of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) targets for Operation Fast and Furious.
Operation Fast and Furious was one of the ATF’s most controversial gun-trafficking operations and one of their biggest targets was El Chapo and his Sinaloa cartel.
The program had federal agents sell firearms to members of Mexican cartels, hoping the weapons would lead to drug lords so agents could track them and make an arrest.
The program wasn’t successful and resulted in almost 2,000 missing firearms, which were found in killing scenes across Mexico.
9. El Chapo’s son was murdered by 40 gunmen
His own son, Edgar, was killed in a hail of bullets at age 22 from 40 gunmen in May 2008, when he was outside a shopping mall in Culiacán, Sinaloa. El Chapo has reportedly fathered nine children with three women.
10. Nobody Really Knows His Birthday
The authorities mainly say that his birthday is April 4, 1957, while many official documents and statements attest to him being born on December 25, 1954
11. Guzman Built His Own Plantation At 15
When Guzman realized that his father mismanaged the business and gave very little of the money to his family,
he started a marijuana plantation himself. He was only fifteen and used the help of some of his cousins.
12. He Had an Ex-Policeman Lover in Jail
While He was in jail between 1993 and 2001, Guzman was allowed time with a fellow inmate named Zulema Hernandez
13. He has $9,000,000 car collection
One the cars seized at El Chapo’s compound was this
Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series.
Two armored Ford Lobos.
El Chapo even had a replica Mexican police Dodge Charger,
which allowed him to take part in many illegal acts covertly.
14. Strange Public Appearances
In 2005 when Guzman surrounded by his security members swept into a busy restaurant.He ordered for all the doors to be shut and did not allow anybody to enter or leave the restaurant; he even asked people to shut down their cell phones and leave them aside while he proceeded to enjoy a quiet meal. Eventually, he paid for everybody’s meal at the restaurant before leaving.
Guzmán’s bodyguards walked into Las Palmas restaurant in Colonia Las Quintas
15. Some Seriously Creative Smuggling Methods
He had gotten an air conditioned tunnel built underground that connected his base in Mexico right beyond the American border. Another method he used was to hide cocaine inside fire extinguishers. This was then labeled as Chili Powder as a double security measure to ensure that they would not get probed by officials at the border.
16. El Chapo Was Included In the Forbes List of Wealthiest People
In 2009 Forbes magazine listed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as number 701 of the richest people in the world
17. He’s Momma’s Boy
El Chapo is known for being very close with his mother, Consuelo Loera. She has been interviewed and has expressed how he was very motivated as a child and determined to make money.
18. Nickname “El Chapo”
“El Chapo”, which means “shorty”, because of his 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) height.
19. What is El Chapo’s net worth?
In 2013, Forbes magazine calculated that Guzmán had 4 billion dollars.
Guzmán is responsible for at least 62 drug tunnels that police have found running under the U.S.-Mexico border.