Present family name: GUZMAN LOERA
Date of birth: 4 April 1957 (54 years old)
Place of birth: CULIACAN / SINALOA, Mexico
Language spoken: English, Spanish Castilian
Height: 1.73 meter <-> 68 inches
Weight: 80 kg <-> 176 pounds
Colour of eyes: BROWN
Colour of hair: BROWN
DRUGS RELATED CRIMES, DRUGS RELATED CRIMES CONSPIRACY, ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME, FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING, ORGANIZED CRIME /TRANSNATIONAL CRIME
Arrest Warrant Issued by: CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO / United States, JALISCO / Mexico, MEXICO / Mexico, MEXICO D.F / Mexico, TOLUCA / Mexico
REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to his arrest
The most famous living drug trafficker on the planet, still at large. Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias ‘El Chapo,’ heads up an alliance of powerful drug traffickers known as the Sinaloa Cartel. His ability to simultaneously co-opt public officials, raze an enemy’s fortress and find creative ways to get his drugs to market has made him a legend in the underworld.
Guzmán is the most wanted man in the Western Hemisphere. Born in a small farming community of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Guzmán spent his childhood shuttling oranges to the market. With his uncle’s help, he shifted into contraband and later coordinated large shipments of marijuana and finally cocaine, into the Sinaloa province and later the United States. He may have little formal education, but he has a PhD. in drug trafficking. Guzmán is known as a pioneer in the drug trade because of his ability to essentially lease an airplane hangar in Mexico City’s principal airport for years and his construction of tunnels beneath the U.S.-Mexico border.
But he has also been plagued by infighting and bloodshed. He split from the core group of Guadalajara-based traffickers in the 1990s and began a bloody fight with the Arellano Félix Organization that ran the lucrative Tijuana corridor. After an attempt on his life in 1993, he fled to Guatemala where he was arrested by Guatemalan authorities and deported back to Mexico. From jail, he continued plying his trade. His brother, Arturo Guzmán Loera, alias ‘El Pollo,’ managed the business. His cohorts from Sinaloa, Hector and Arturo Beltrán Leyva, brought him regular suitcases of cash so he could grease the wheels of power from the prison and continue his opulent lifestyle that included specially prepared meals and conjugal visits from his wife, his girlfriends and prostitutes. His friend, ally and relative by marriage, Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, alias ‘El Azul,’ insured Guzmán’s product got to the United States without interference from his rivals.
Guzmán escaped prison in 2001, just as authorities were laying the groundwork for his extradition to the United States. He has since eluded capture by creating a sophisticated security system and staying in isolated, rural areas in Sinaloa and Durango. He’s also created the hemisphere’s largest drug cartel with many of those who helped in prison, including Esparragoza and the Beltrán Leyva brothers. Guzmán has spent significant amount of time and effort cultivating support among Mexicans, especially in rural areas where contraband and drug trafficking is a way of life. Numerous musicians have celebrated his ability to elude capture and undermine authority in the process.
The Guzman-Loera Organization smuggles multi-ton cocaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico to the United States. The organization uses both air and maritime means to transport these shipments. The Guzman-Loera organization has contacts with Colombian sources of supply in Colombia, as well as major Colombian traffickers based in Mexico. Guzman-Loera has bases of operation in Sinaloa, Sonora, and Chihuahua, Mexico. The organization has distribution cells throughout the United States, including cells in Arizona, California, Texas, Chicago, and New York. The organization has also been involved in the transshipment, storage, and distribution of marijuana and heroin. The Guzman-Loera organization relies on bulk currency shipments to move drug proceeds across the United States-Mexico border.
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