Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is one of the most cunning and powerful drug lords to have ever lived. Born in La Tuna in Sinaloa, Mexico, he started growing marijuana while in his teens and by his early 20s had already joined the drug trade. Presently in a prison in Juarez awaiting extradition to the United States, his drug trafficking organization, the Sinaloa Cartel, has been reported to be losing control to rival cartels and most notably the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as El Mencho.
Presently said to be most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico, he was born on July 17, 1966 in a village in Michoacan. Growing up, he traded in avocados to eke out a living. He later on went to California but was deported because of his involvement in the drug trade. Apparently, he was part of a heroin distribution network.
In Mexico today, he is believed to be the most powerful drug lord, after the capture of El Chapo Guzman. His organization is presently said to rival the Sinaloa Cartel in strength and is apparently expanding at a phenomenal rate. So much so that he was recently reported to have set up a fake recruitment agency to hire people looking to work for a security firm. The scam was to get more men to work for his cartel as hitmen or traffickers. The following is an excerpt of a report on this by the Daily Caller.
“A Mexican cartel set up a fake security contractor to recruit new members to join their drug trafficking operations, according to a prosecutor’s Wednesday statements in Jalisco State. rosecutors caught a major break in the case because a newly-recruited CJNG member wanted to back out of the organization after having fallen for the scam. Rather than let the man leave, the CJNG cartel held him for ransom – for $55,500 – and his family told the cops about his predicament.”
“New cartel members immediately received weapons training with paintball guns for 10 days. Once training was complete, recruits fell into one of two categories of cartel operations: joining the hitmen – or sicarios as they are known – or becoming drug traffickers.”
In August, the cartel was suspected to have kidnapped El Chapo Guzman’s sons. Although they were released about a week later, the event marked a change in the Mexican cartel power dynamics. This is bearing the fact that only a very large and well-organized cartel would dare intimidate the Sinaloa cartel by capturing the leader’s sons.
The CJNG head, El Mencho, is said to be very hands on and just about a month ago, an audio recording was released of him ordering a police commander to tell his men to relax. Talking in an angry tone, he demands that the officer does so quickly threatening to kill him and his men. The following is an excerpt of the transcript as reported by Borderland Beat.
PC – Yes who is this?
M – Listen to me carefully you mother**cker, this is Mencho. You better tell your people to back off
PC – Say what?
M – This is Mencho and you better back off, or I will f**k you up and all those f**kers working for you, I have already identify 30 of your people. I will even kill your dogs if you don’t fu**ing relax. So you decide.
PC – You got it Sr, I will tell them to get back.
M – Don’t you fucking hung up on me mother**cker, I already know your location, and you are in Chapala.
PC – No I’m not hanging up on you, I’m just telling you I will call back my people
M – Look, you better get every mother**cker out of the way, because all of you get money from us, and you guys are a bunch of pigs when it comes to that.
PC – Yeah that’s what I was told, that everyone gets paid.
M – Look you people better fall in line, or you will be the first one to get killed for them.
His style of operation as can be observed, is more hands-on than that of El Chapo who kept a very low profile.
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