LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – El Chapo Guzman has been captured. El Chapo or Shorty aka Joaquin Guzman Loera, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, has been captured. Covered extensively on LALATE over the years, El Chapo remained one of the biggest Mexico cartel leaders still at large. His wife, la esposa de Joaquin, Emma Coronel Aispuro (photos below), gave birth to his twins quietly in Southern California several years ago. But local Mexico newspapers today proclaimed “Capturado ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán”, “Capturaron al “Chapo” Guzmán” and “Gobierno de Jalisco esperará confirmación de captura del ‘Chapo'”.
In 2001, El Chapo escaped from a Mexican prison (in a laundry cart no less) just before extradition to the U.S. El Chapo changed his cellphone every day for over a decade. Forbes told news roughly a decade later that “In 2008 Mexican and Colombian traffickers laundered between $18 billion and $39 billion in proceeds from wholesale shipments to the U.S. ” It added “Shorty, an alleged tunnels expert, is believed to have directed anywhere from a third to half of that during the past 8 years”.
Previous news reports on LALATE detailed that El Chapo was making twenty percent annually on Mexican and Colombian trafficking. In 2008, valuations estimated the industry at between $18 billion and $39 billion in U.S. sales annually. In 2009, El Chapo made news being named to Forbes’ Rich List at number 701.
But in January 2011, he began to threatened tourists. That month, El Chapo then took credit for the Acapulco decapitaciones. Posters around Acapulco read El Chapo’s warning to law enforcement. “To all citizens, extortion will no longer occur. Sincerely, Shorty Guzman. This will happen to anyone who tries to come into this turf”. Fifteen people were found dead in a one week span, ages 25 to 30.
In July that same year, his wife came to Lancaster, California, gave birth to twins, and returned to Mexico thereafter. Her movement was legal since she is not a wanted person and has dual citizenships.
In October 2012, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, was arrested. She told police that she was the daughter of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Mexican cartel Sinaloa. Guzman is charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents.
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement today “The arrest of Chapo Guzman is significant. This is a victory, but we know the tentacles of his cartel still exist and much more work remains to be done. Demand for narcotics will still remain, so we will continue to partner with the DEA as they fight international drug trade, and we will remain focused on our efforts to eliminate the factors that drive violence in our city.”