Several news reports have claimed Mexico’s most-wanted, escapee drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has threatened ISIS militants with war for destroying his drug shipments to the Middle East. However, it seems this “news” was merely a satirical prank.
Reportedly, El Chapo, head of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, sent a threatening email to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, threatening ISIS with destruction for messing up his drug supply route. The New York Daily News said the drug baron reportedly wrote in his email, “My men will destroy you.”
The email was then said to continue by stating the world was not theirs’ to dictate, saying he pitied the “next son of a whore who tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 11, 2015
El Chapo was then said to have gone on to threaten to “have their heart and tongue torn from them,” saying they are not soldiers, and are “nothing by lowly p***ies” and that their God cannot save them from the real terror El Chapo’s men will levy against them if they carry on interfering in his drug trade.
According to various media reports, ISIS has been destroying shipments of drugs found to be passing through its territory in both Iraq and Syria. Details of the email were published on the Cartelblog.com website.
According to the blog post, a Mexican blogger had leaked the message after it was sent “email encrypted” direct to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a prominent ISIS leader. The post went on to say that as the Mexican blogger has “intimate ties” with actual Sinaloa cartel members, “it looks as if the warning is indeed legit.”
El Chapo and ISIS at War Over Jihadists Destroying Drugs? It’s a Hoax https://t.co/OqgYp5loY2 via @Newsmax_Media
— Jerry Cruzin (@MoberlyG) December 11, 2015
However, according to a report by Newsmax, it was later claimed to be a hoax, which originated from a blogging website, ThugLife Videos.
Steve Charnock, a satirist writer working for the website, admitted he was the author of the story that was originally posted on November 30. Charnock went on to say the story, along with his other works for the site, were merely comedy pieces and were never meant to be taken as real stories.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 11, 2015
Guzman, or El Chapo as he is more popularly known, has been on the run since his escape from a maximum security prison cell in July. The drug kingpin allegedly escaped through a hole in a shower through a mile-long tunnel, dug by his followers underneath the jail.
Once the tunnel was discovered, officials realized it would have taken several months for El Chapo’s men to dig and was equipped with ventilation ducts, strip lighting and even a motorbike on rails to aid his escape.
Once the 1,140th richest man in the world, Guzman is believed to have paid $50 million in bribes to ensure he got away from the prison safely. This was El Chapo’s second escape, as he previously managed to get out of the prison in 2001 and was only recaptured last year.
In his role as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo is considered the number one supplier of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana into the U.S. and has, in recent years, expanded his empire.
Reportedly, El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel now supplies drugs to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, thus adding to his current $1 billion criminal empire.
Despite an international manhunt and the offer of millions of dollars in rewards, Guzman’s hiding place still remains unknown. Whether he is having a chuckle at the latest news story about ISIS is also, understandably, unknown.
[Photo via AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo]