"Most Wanted" Drug Kingpin Faces U.S. Extradition

Chicago and the suburbs were a lucrative market for "El Chapo," a billionaire drug lord responsible for at least a fourth of the drugs imported from Mexico.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is led to a helicopter by Mexican marines Saturday.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is led to a helicopter by Mexican marines Saturday.

By Dennis Robaugh

The billionaire drug lord who replaced Osama bin Laden as America's most wanted fugitive was captured Saturday by Mexican marines, DEA agents and U.S. marshals.

Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, built an extensive drug network that reached from Mexico into the U.S., Europe, Africa and Australia, flooding communities with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine through local street gangs. Chicago became the epicenter of Guzman's operation and was the first criminal to be listed as "Public Enemy No. 1" in Chicago since Al Capone.

Authorities waged a 12-year manhunt for Guzman, 56, finally taking him into custody at a high-rise condo in the seaside Mexican resort town of Mazatlan, according to CNN, where he hid behind steel-reinforced doors. Mexican marines and U.S. DEA agents planned the raid for more than a month.

Guzman now must be extradited to the United States. He has been indicted in several states, including Illinois, Texas, California and Arizona. The New York Daily News noted that Guzman's trial could take place in New York.

Experts estimate Guzman's annual revenue at $3 billion. Forbes magazine listed Guzman as one of the world's most powerful people in 2012, ranking him at No. 67 ahead of the president of France. "CEO of the Sinaloa cartel, "El Chapo" is the world's most powerful drug trafficker. The cartel is responsible for an estimated 25% of all illegal drugs that enter the U.S. via Mexico," Forbes wrote.

"By far, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for brining more cocaine, heroin and meth into this country than any other organization," the Daily News quoted a federal law enforcement official.

The newspaper noted that battles between Sinaloa and other Mexican drug cartels turned cities such as Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana into bloodbaths.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will decide where Guzman goes to trial.

Federal courts reporter Kim Janssen reports that two Chicago drug dealers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, turned on Guzman and provided evidence that not only linked Guzman to the Chicago drug trade but revealed Chicago to be the epicenter of his American operation.

In 2009, Guzman was indicted in Chicago after the DEA confiscated $20 million and 2 tons of cocaine.

erie February 23, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Who say crime don't pay smiling.
electric123 February 23, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Yea, but look at his future with all those indictments ahead of him.
Willie Clark February 24, 2014 at 06:53 AM
THATS is great wipe it all out to many deaths.@ to much crimes.that goes with drugs..
WINEGUY51 February 24, 2014 at 07:07 AM
........so...where are all the arrests of those bankers who laundered this guys trillions of drug money profits for years and years??????....lol..their will never be an end to "the drug wars" as long as a chosen few wealthy bankers...continue to get richer off this "war'...its all a joke!!
Jack Galvin February 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM
I guess he didn't send a THANK-YOU letter to HOLDER . !!!!
Jay Luke February 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Probably over a million dollars spent on this one guy alone, and nothing will change but some names in the drug game and everything will keep moving.
Ken February 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Attention electric 123. Guzman will still lead a better life than you will. I have seen the power money can buy you when you are in prison. You can purchase anything you want from the prison guards. Drugs, Booze, Women, protecton, catered food and some of the finest ameneties available to man kind etc etc. About the only thing in Guzmans life style that will change is he will no longer need a car.
steve forte February 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Jay you are absolutely correct. In a capitalist society ( or even a communist one for that matter) as long as there is a demand for a product and someone can make money supplying said product the trade will continue.
electric123 February 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Update: If Mexico will give him up to USA for extradition to face charges here.
J D C February 24, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Wineguy51 NO SHIT! Its INCREDIBLE that these little weasel bankers skate free. Just like Miami back in the 80's, LA in the 90's when the WAVES of drugs came through. NO bankers were indicted that I heard of. Well, the spooks (spies, 3 letters) supposedly had their hands in feeding LA the 4 billion worth of coke that came in to Ca in the 90s so.........
Fernando lopez February 24, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I wonder why they finally decided to capture him now. What's the publicity stunt really for?
J D C February 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM
barry's going to make him "Ambassador" to Norway.
fp February 25, 2014 at 07:20 AM
DUH! Just end the drug war stupid!
TT February 25, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Can we have an honest and open conversation? I'm just curious, and want to understand the real message here. There is some serious criticism of bankers, and for some reason, I get the impression that these bankers are Jewish. Maybe it was the reference to the "Chosen" ones. Regardless, I don't want to read between the lines. If there is a message beyond what is being typed, would you please just type it and make it easy for the rest of us? Thanks.
J D C February 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM
JEWISH?? WhereTF do you get that someone INSINUATED they are Jewish? In EVERY major drug bust in this country in the last 30 years, have you EVER heard about ONE banker going down? THATS the "CONVERSATION"! Geez, I think you may be a little paranoid because banker and Jewish NEVER came to MY mind, I cant speak for others. I didnt get that impression from anyone else either.
TT February 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Wow, JDC, you've never heard of a Jewish banker? And you've never heard of the "Chosen People"? Put them together, (as in previously) and it created some curiosity. Why are you so sensitive?
J D C February 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Why is it that I didnt read into it and YOU did? I think you should ask YOURSELF that question. And I dont appreciate being accused of something thats not true.
J D C February 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I've heard of "Italian Bankers, Irish Bankers" etc also. There are BLACK bankers should we start yelling racism? I took it to mean they have MONEY (the bankers) and people in their pocket because as we know NOW, they are TOO BIG TO FAIL! Remember 08'?
Sal Anthony February 25, 2014 at 01:40 PM
The ab mayor says blah blah blah all day long
TT February 26, 2014 at 05:43 AM
@JDC, you have a lot of catching up to do.


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