El Chapo Guzman is one of the most notorious drug kingpins in the world. With an estimated net worth of over $1 billion, El Chapo became one of Mexico’s biggest drug traffickers in the 1990s and, by 2003, he was unrivaled in the business. El Chapo’s rise to the top was catalyzed by the arrest of Osiel Cárdenas, who was his biggest rival and leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Following El Chapo’s recent escape from a maximum prison in Mexico through a 1.5km tunnel, the country’s government is currently resolute in recapturing him and recently solicited the help of the Colombian generals who helped track down Pablo Escobar. They are namely, Rosso José Serrano, Luis Enrique Montenegro and Ismael Trujillo Polanco. Pablo is said to have in his prime controlled about 80 percent of the cocaine dealt in the world. This is according to the Independent.
Although it currently seems almost impossible for El Chapo Guzman to be captured in the near future, chiefly because he has demonstrated that he can evade the authorities for over a decade, a former chief of assassins for Pablo Escobar thinks otherwise.
Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, also known as “Popeye,” is one of the few remaining members of the Medellin Cartel, which was headed by Escobar, and he recently offered his perspective about El Chapo’s escape during an interview with the Proceso Magazine. This is as reported by Business Insider.
In reference to the interview, he stated, “El Chapo is a dead man”. And here’s why.
“He knows he has to be killed, because if they capture him alive, they will extradite him to the US. And he will not tolerate a high-security prison in the US. There the food they give [is eaten with] a straw, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nobody talks to you; there is no human contact. If somebody sends you a letter, they show it to you on a television screen.”
He also said that it will only take the Mexican authorities between 16 and 18 months to capture El Chapo and offered a parting shot about the trade saying it was impossible to stop it. The following was the statement.
“People like me can’t be stopped. It’s a war. They lose men, and we lose men. They lose their scruples, and we never had any … I don’t know what you have to do. Maybe sell cocaine in pharmacies. I’ve been in prison for 20 years, but you will never win this war when there is so much money to be made. Never”.
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