43 Facts About El Chapo


El Chapo is considered to have been one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world.

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El Chapo endured physical abuse at the hands of his father, and entered the drug trade through his father, helping him grow marijuana for local dealers during his early adulthood.

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El Chapo helped Salazar map routes to move drugs through Sinaloa and into the United States.

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El Chapo later supervised logistics for Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, one of the nation's leading kingpins in the mid 1980s, but Guzman founded his own cartel in 1988 after Gallardo's arrest.

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El Chapo achieved this by pioneering the use of distribution cells and long-range tunnels near borders, which enabled him to export more drugs to the United States than any other trafficker in history.

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El Chapo bribed prison guards and escaped from a federal maximum-security prison in 2001.

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El Chapo escaped prior to formal sentencing in 2015, through a tunnel dug by associates into his jail cell.

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El Chapo's parents were Emilio Guzman Bustillos and Maria Consuelo Loera Perez.

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El Chapo's father was officially a cattle rancher, as were most in the area where he grew up; according to some sources he might have been a gomero, an opium poppy farmer.

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El Chapo has two younger sisters named Armida and Bernarda and four younger brothers named Miguel Angel, Aureliano, Arturo, and Emilio.

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El Chapo had three unnamed older brothers who reportedly died of natural causes when he was very young.

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El Chapo was known for being a practical joker and enjoyed playing pranks on his friends and family when he was young.

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El Chapo was regularly beaten, and he sometimes fled to his maternal grandmother's house to escape such treatment.

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El Chapo sold marijuana at commercial centers near the area while accompanied by Guzman.

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El Chapo's father spent most of the profits on liquor and women and often returned home with no money.

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El Chapo left Badiraguato in his twenties and joined organized crime.

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El Chapo favored a violent and serious approach when doing business; if any of his drug shipments were not on time, Guzman would simply kill the smuggler himself by shooting him in the head.

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El Chapo met with one of his associates in an unknown location and handed him US$200 million to provide for his family in case of his absence.

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El Chapo gave that same amount to another of his employees to make sure the Sinaloa Cartel ran its day-to-day activities smoothly in case he was gone for some time.

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El Chapo's plan was to move across Guatemala with his girlfriend Maria del Rocio del Villar Becerra and several of his bodyguards and settle in El Salvador.

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El Chapo was extradited to Mexico two days later aboard a military airplane, where he was immediately taken to the Federal Social Readaptation Center No 1, a maximum-security prison in Almoloya de Juarez, State of Mexico.

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El Chapo was sentenced to 20 years, nine months in prison on charges of drug trafficking, criminal association and bribery.

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El Chapo had been tried and sentenced inside the federal prison on the outskirts of Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico State.

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El Chapo met his longtime mistress and later Sinaloa associate, former police officer Zulema Hernandez, while in prison, where she was serving time for armed robbery.

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El Chapo took advantage of the power vacuum created by crackdowns on cartels in Colombia, gaining business and market share there as Colombia's own cartels were decimated.

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El Chapo took similar advantage of the situation when his rival cartels were brought down by an intense crackdown from the Mexican government, but the Sinaloa gang emerged largely unscathed.

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El Chapo cultivated his own ties to China, Thailand and India to import the necessary precursor chemicals.

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El Chapo was then transported in the trunk of a car driven by Camberos out of the town.

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El Chapo usually escaped from law enforcement using armored cars, aircraft, and all-terrain vehicles, and was known to employ sophisticated communications gadgetry and counterespionage practices.

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El Chapo had planned to stay a few days in Mazatlan to see his twin baby daughters before retreating to the mountains.

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El Chapo's identity was confirmed through a fingerprint examination immediately following his capture.

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El Chapo was then flown to Mexico City for formal identification.

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El Chapo's cell was close to those of Jose Jorge Balderas, former lieutenant of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, and Jaime Gonzalez Duran, a former leader of Los Zetas drug cartel.

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El Chapo lived under 23 hours of solitary confinement with one hour of outdoor exposure.

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El Chapo was only allowed to speak with people during his judicial hearings.

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El Chapo said he wished to see Guzman face charges in Mexico, and expressed his disagreement with how the US cuts deals with extradited Mexican criminals by reducing their sentences in exchange for information.

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El Chapo determined that law enforcement's version of the arrest had several irregularities because the Navy did not have a raid warrant when they entered the premises and arrested Guzman.

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The Attorney General of Mexico declared that "El Chapo ran away through a gully and, although he was found by a helicopter, he was with two women and a girl and it was decided not to shoot".

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El Chapo returned a few moments later with Secretary of National Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of Navy Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu.

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El Chapo was housed at the maximum-security wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York located in Manhattan.

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El Chapo was sentenced to five years in a federal prison but released in April 2008, after a Mexican federal judge, Jesus Guadalupe Luna, ruled that there was no proof his cash came from drugs other than that he was a drug lord's son.

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El Chapo was arrested on fraud charges for entering the country with a false visa.

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El Chapo had planned to meet the father of her child in Los Angeles and give birth in the United States.

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