"Most Wanted" Drug Kingpin Faces U.S. Extradition

Chicago and the suburbs were a lucrative market for "El Chapo," a billionaire drug lord responsible for at least a fourth of the drugs imported from Mexico.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is led to a helicopter by Mexican marines Saturday.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is led to a helicopter by Mexican marines Saturday.

By Dennis Robaugh

The billionaire drug lord who replaced Osama bin Laden as America's most wanted fugitive was captured Saturday by Mexican marines, DEA agents and U.S. marshals.

Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, built an extensive drug network that reached from Mexico into the U.S., Europe, Africa and Australia, flooding communities with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine through local street gangs. Chicago became the epicenter of Guzman's operation and was the first criminal to be listed as "Public Enemy No. 1" in Chicago since Al Capone.

Authorities waged a 12-year manhunt for Guzman, 56, finally taking him into custody at a high-rise condo in the seaside Mexican resort town of Mazatlan, according to CNN, where he hid behind steel-reinforced doors. Mexican marines and U.S. DEA agents planned the raid for more than a month.

Guzman now must be extradited to the United States. He has been indicted in several states, including Illinois, Texas, California and Arizona. The New York Daily News noted that Guzman's trial could take place in New York.

Experts estimate Guzman's annual revenue at $3 billion. Forbes magazine listed Guzman as one of the world's most powerful people in 2012, ranking him at No. 67 ahead of the president of France. "CEO of the Sinaloa cartel, "El Chapo" is the world's most powerful drug trafficker. The cartel is responsible for an estimated 25% of all illegal drugs that enter the U.S. via Mexico," Forbes wrote.

"By far, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for brining more cocaine, heroin and meth into this country than any other organization," the Daily News quoted a federal law enforcement official.

The newspaper noted that battles between Sinaloa and other Mexican drug cartels turned cities such as Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana into bloodbaths.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will decide where Guzman goes to trial.

Federal courts reporter Kim Janssen reports that two Chicago drug dealers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, turned on Guzman and provided evidence that not only linked Guzman to the Chicago drug trade but revealed Chicago to be the epicenter of his American operation.

In 2009, Guzman was indicted in Chicago after the DEA confiscated $20 million and 2 tons of cocaine.

TT February 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Wow, JDC, you've never heard of a Jewish banker? And you've never heard of the "Chosen People"? Put them together, (as in previously) and it created some curiosity. Why are you so sensitive?
J D C February 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Why is it that I didnt read into it and YOU did? I think you should ask YOURSELF that question. And I dont appreciate being accused of something thats not true.
J D C February 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I've heard of "Italian Bankers, Irish Bankers" etc also. There are BLACK bankers should we start yelling racism? I took it to mean they have MONEY (the bankers) and people in their pocket because as we know NOW, they are TOO BIG TO FAIL! Remember 08'?
Sal Anthony February 25, 2014 at 01:40 PM
The ab mayor says blah blah blah all day long
TT February 26, 2014 at 05:43 AM
@JDC, you have a lot of catching up to do.


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