Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is arguably the most powerful drug lord in the world, with an almost legendary status in his country. Born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, his net worth is said to be about a billion dollars, according to Forbes. El Chapo’s escape from Altiplano maximum prison in Mexico earlier this year via a 1.5 kilometer tunnel caused quite a stir in the country, with fans cheering his uncanny venture. El Chapo has so far managed to stay under the radar, with only a few sightings reported, most of which are yet to be verified by independent sources.
“‘The defendant Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, better known as Luis or Chapito, is accused of transporting multiple kilograms of cocaine and several tons of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. border to introduce them throughout the United States for distribution,’ reads a District Court of California document obtained by El Universal that’s dated September 2013… [He] subsequently collected from customers in the United States the gains of those drugs and laundered and transferred the funds from the United States to Mexico and elsewhere for the benefit of the members and associates of the Sinaloa Cartel,”
Looking briefly at their run-ins with the law, Iván Archivaldo is said to have been imprisoned for three years, but released due to lack of evidence. His brother Jesús Alfredo has, on the other hand, never been arrested, but was indicted in 2009 in the Northern District of Illinois in a drug related case.
Ovidio Guzmán López, who is said to be youngest, is said to be part of the Sinaloa cartel’s financing machinery. He is alleged to have posted a celebratory message on Twitter, following El Chapo’s escape from prison earlier this year, saying “My father just has to want it, and he escapes from prison,”
In September this year, El Chapo’s sons sparked a social media battle for lavish display supremacy among Mexico drug cartel members after they splashed images of their flamboyant lives on their social media accounts.
The following was the Daily Mail‘s report in regards to this.
“In an effort to compete for the title of Narco King of Instagram, Mexico’s most powerful narcos have taken to social media to show off their lavish tastes.
Posting under the hashtags #narcos and #narcostyle, top cartel members flash their enormous wealth over Instagram and Twitter, uploading outrageous pictures which attract hundreds of both adoring and hate-filled comments.”