‘El Chapo’ translates to ‘shorty’. It doesn’t really sound like an appropriate name for the world’s most violent drug lord/gang leader/Mexican mad man, does it? I mean standing on his tippy toes he’s no taller than 5’6″ but still. It lacks…scare factor.
But it just takes one look at El Chapo to realise that he doesn’t need a scary name to kill your family for a truckload of coke. He simply will, intimidating name or not. He’s the leader of the world’s most violent and prolific Mexican gang who allegedly rake in $3billion annually for their shipments and dealings in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. He’s reportedly killed between 2,000 and 3,000 people over his time and he’s managed to continue leading his gang, the Sinaloa drug cartel, from jail cells.
But El Chapo has made the news overnight for his most recent convictions. It follows two months of jury deliberations that have finally delivered a guilty verdict for a number of counts, including his role in cocaine and heroin dealings, illegal firearm possession and money laundering. But this guy isn’t just guilty of these things. His colourful history as, some would say Escobar’s biggest competitor, features a whole variety of other high profile crimes that should’ve jailed him for life years ago. Well they did for a bit but it didn’t quite work.
Here are some of his not so finest moments. As the world has watched on, it’s been clear to us all along that he’s definitely bloody guilty. Obvs guys.
1993 – Wanted on charges of drug trafficking, murder and kidnaping. He’s arrested in Guatemala and extradited to Mexico before being sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.
2001 – Escapes the maximum security prison in Mexico using a laundry basket.
2004 – $5 million reward announced by the US Government for any information to El Chapo’s arrest and conviction.
2009 – El Chapo and other Sinaloa Cartel leaders are indicted on charges of conspiring to import more than $340 million of cocaine into the US between 1990 and 2005.
2014 – Apprehended in Mexico.
2015 – Escaped prison again by crawling through a shower area of his cell block, using a motorcycle to travel nearly 2km underground.
2016 – Recaptured by Mexican authorities.
2016 – Extradited to the US where he stood for trial on federal charges.
2019 – Testimony during his long-awaited criminal trial reveals he once paid $100 million to bribe a former Mexican President.
2019 – Found guilty of all 10 counts at his drug-trafficking trial in a US federal court.
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