Joaquin Guzman, a.k.a. El Chapo was captured by the Mexican Navy today, the raid began after a citizen complained about armed people in a home, and when Mexican special forces went to the scene, they were fired upon by alleged members of organized crime.
Several people aligned with Guzman died in the raid. The Mexican navy put the number of dead at five, with six others arrested. No navy personnel were killed, and only one was injured.
Guzman led one of the country’s most powerful, violent drug cartels and escaped maximum-security prisons not once, but twice, the latest in July when he busted out through a hole into a mile-long tunnel and then on to freedom.
Guzman was born in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, at a time when the drug trade was evolving, and he began his career working for powerful drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Guzman founded his own cartel in 1980 and established outposts in a number of states, eventually inheriting some of his mentor’s territory.
Sinaloa Cartel became Mexico’s most powerful cartel,Guzman surrounded himself with ruthless guards and enforcers and reigned over a multibillion-dollar global drug empire that supplied much of the marijuana, cocaine and heroin distributed on the streets of the United States.
Guzman was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico, where he was convicted and sentenced to a maximum security prison. One of the most often retold stories about him is how he escaped from the prison in a laundry cart in 2001. The carefully planned escape required bribes and cooperation that allegedly cost him $2.5 million.
The U.S. Justice Department previously sought extradition of El Chapo to the United States, and it is likely that the Justice Department will try to do so again.
We’ll see where this leads, I’ll keep you posted guys.
Isaac J. Hall II