“El Chapo” Guzmán: how he went from being a poor boy to the most powerful drug lord in the world
“El Chapo” Guzmán: how he went from being a poor boy to the most powerful drug lord in the world, In one photo, a young teenage girl, with curly black hair, is seen wearing a beige princess dress. She is Emma Coronel Aispuro, a year before marrying Joaquín Guzmán Loera, “El Chapo”.
The chronicles of that wedding, published in some Mexican media, speak of a spectacular party with hundreds of guests, food, and drink in abundance.
It was on January 6, 2008, in the community of Canelas, in the mountainous region of Durango in northern Mexico.
It was a happy day for “El Chapo”, who at that time was on his way to turning the Sinaloa Cartel into one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world.
Just a few meters away, Joaquín Guzmán and his wife listened as Judge Brian Cogan sentenced him to life in prison after he was found guilty of ten counts of drug trafficking a few months ago.
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This conviction put an end to one of the most spectacular trials in the United States since Guzmán Loera is the most relevant drug lord found guilty in that country.
“I was very poor”
The United States government considers Guzmán Loera “the most notorious criminal of modern times.”
In fact, the capo was prosecuted as the main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, considered for several years to be the largest drug trafficker in the entire American continent.
The New York Prosecutor’s Office says that “El Chapo” currently has a fortune of more than US$14,000 million.
But according to witnesses who testified at the trial and investigations by Mexican and US authorities, the truth is that Joaquín Guzmán had a very poor childhood.
Who is “El Chapo” Guzmán and how did he become the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.
He was born on April 4, 1957, in the ranchería of La Tuna, Badiraguato, a municipality in the mountains of Sinaloa where several of the most important drug traffickers in Mexico originate.
Records of the then Attorney General’s Office (attorney General’s Office), reveal that the capo’s parents were peasants.
As a child, Guzmán Loera helped his family and did not finish primary school. But soon his life changed radically.
La Tuna, and in general the municipality of Badiraguato, has been one of the main centers of marijuana and poppy production for six decades.
According to witness Miguel Ángel Martínez, “El Chapo” began to cultivate small quantities of these plants near his home in the mountains at a very young age.
” He was a very poor person, and that’s why he entered the world of drug trafficking,” he told the trial.
In the mid-1980s, Guzmán Loera formed his own band together with his compadre Héctor Luis “El Güero” Palma. It was a small group, about 25 people according to Martínez.
At that time, “El Chapo” was one of the collaborators of the Guadalajara Cartel founded by who was then considered the largest drug trafficker in Mexico: Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, known as “El Jefe de Jefes” or “El Padrino” .