You Can Fuck With Chapo If You Want To
After Osama bin Laden was killed, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was named the world’s most wanted man. He has been called the “Osama bin Laden of drug trafficking,” as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
He was born into a poor rural family in the Mexican state of Sinaloa surrounded by marijuana and poppy crops cultivated by his father. He’s believed to have left school after the third grade, and to have planted his own marijuana for the first time for sale at age 15. It was at that time he got the nickname (meaning short) as he stands 5’6″ tall. There are some reports he may be illiterate, but Chapo allegedly has a remarkable memory and runs his businesses without taking any notes.
Guzman’s facing charges in the U.S., but has so far managed to avoid extradition. He was first arrested in Guatemala in 1993; subsequently transferred to a maximum security Mexican prison in the state of Jalisco, where he was held until he escaped in 2001. While in jail, Guzmán used bribes and intimidation to transform the prison into what was described as a “five-star hotel,” with reports of cocaine and women readily available to some inmates.
In January, Mexico’s former attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, told The Associated Press the Mexican government wanted him to serve out his time in Mexico—at least for the first “300 or 400 years” of his sentence in a so called supermax “fortress.” Chapo escaped from said fortress slipping out through a mile-long tunnel dug under his cell’s shower.
This is not a surprise as Chapo is known for using tunnels to make his escape. He managed to evade Mexican armed forces last year through a secret door built beneath the bathtub of his ex-wife’s house that connected to a series of sewer canals. A year ago, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that it would be “unforgivable” if El Chapo escaped twice.
American officials have said that Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel could be responsible for as much as one quarter of all illegal drugs that enter the United States. He is a billionaire and a folk hero amongst the people. Good luck catching him again. As authorities try to track him in the rugged terrain of Northwest Mexico, this is what is known as an epic fail.