LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – El Chapo has not been captured, but his head of security was arrested tonight. El Chapo or Shorty aka Joaquin Guzman Loera has been sought for years. Emma Coronel Aispuro, El Chapo’s wife, made news giving birth to the couple’s child here in Southern California this year. But moments ago, Mexican officials inform news that El Chapo’s head of security has been arrested.
The security official has not been identified. But a news conference for the El Chapo security officer will be held Monday. The arrest was achieved in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan.
The above photo is from the early 1990s. In 2001, Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison (in a laundry cart no less) just before extradition to the U.S. El Chapo today is the alleged biggest provider of cocaine to the United States.
Previous news reports on LALATE detailed that El Chapo could be 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. Today, El Chapo’s whereabouts are still unknown.
In January, El Chapo dominated news for threats to Mexican tourists. El Chapo then took credit for the Acapulco decapitations (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”.
In July, 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.