More than one thousand special task force agents from throughout Latin and Central America, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. was created to capture El Chapo.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 19, 2011
Jalisco, Mexico – On Tuesday, one of the most internationally wanted narco kingpins from Mexico Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, 54, celebrated his 10th Anniversary of his gran escape from the Puente Grande maximum prison in Jalisco. Guzmán Loera managed to hid inside a laundry truck and managed to escape without being detected by prison guards who by the most part were involved in the escape.
Guzmán Loera was captured in 1993 and convicted on both drug and homicide charges in Mexico. He escaped for Puente Grande in 2001.
He has been sighted in Honduras, and is believed to be hiding in the remote Triángulo Dorado valley that extends into three Mexican states of Durango, Sinaloa and Chihuahua. He has been reported in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and in the state of Colima as well in Mexico.
A $5 million dollar reward has been offered for Guzmán Loera by the U.S. for any information leading to his arrest and conviction.
The prison warden and numerous prison guards were implicated in his escape, which cost Guzmán Loera a hefty price to buy them off. Where ever Guzmán Loera is hiding and enjoying his life today, he deserves credit for eluding capture and for providing tons of writing materials such as articles for the mainstream media, bloggers and keeping multiple governments, including Mexico on his tail to regain his capture.
Guzmán Loera is alleged to have ordered and engaged in multiple brutal homicides of counterparts and innocent people, according to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR).
Guzmán Loera was even featured in Forbes Magazine (3/11/2009) as one of the wealthiest man in the World worth more than $1.0 billion. In 2008, Guzmán Loera leading the Sinaloa Cartel and working with Colombian drug smuggling criminal organizations managed to laundered a combine wealth between $18 – 39 billion from major cocaine proceeds generated from wholesale shipments into the U.S., according to Forbes.
Today in Mexico, Guzmán Loera is considered as one of the few remaining drug lords that have eluded capture and possible death for resisting arrest by the Mexican military. The Sinaloa Cartel is steadily gaining control of major parts of the drug trafficking and smuggling routes heading into the U.S. due to the ongoing fueding between Los Zetas, Gulf Cartel, drug cartels and other major drug criminal organizations.
More than 30,000 victims have died related to the Mexican drug cartel wars have been reported by the PGR.
Guzmán Loera is alleged to be operating his Cocaine smuggling operations in Colombia, Honduras, Panamá, Japan, France, Spain, Germany and Italy, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera