Joaquín Guzmán

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Person.png Joaquín Guzmán  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(drug trafficker, crime boss, billionaire)
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BornJoaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera
La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico
Criminal charge
murder, money laundering, drug trafficking, racketeering, organized crime
Criminal status
Boss of the Sinaloa cartel (official owner of the CIA's 'Cocaine 2'), now imprisoned

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera ran the Sinaloa cartel, which was the official owner of the CIA's 'Cocaine 2', that crashed in Yucatan with tonnes of cocaine on board.[citation needed]

Prison escapes

Joaquín Guzmán esaped from prison twice, but was recaptured in 2016. On 19 January 2017, Guzmán was extradited via aircraft to the United States to face criminal charges there related to his leadership of the Sinaloa cartel.


Guzmán’s defence team claimed that Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a longtime business partner of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán has always been the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and set him up a patsy.[1]

Daniel Hopsicker has reported on Guzmán's trial and on its coverage by commercially-controlled media. He makes the simple but incisive point that Western corporate media are careful to maintain silence about corruption of government, banks and law enforcement north of the Mexico - US border:

This week in El Chapo’s trial was like watching an alternative reality TV show. Federal prosecutors pretended that we live in a world where neither the NSA nor the company once housed in the building below, which sits on a headquarters campus in Clearwater-St. Pete Florida, ever existed. The deliberate omissions by prosecutors exposed what they attempted to conceal: a global drug cartel composed of governments and gangsters.[2]

In 2019 the US government announced it would seek to take Joaquín Guzmán's entire assets, which it estimated ran to about 12 billion US dollars.[3]

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