| Joaquín Guzmán |
(drug trafficker, crime boss, billionaire)
|Born||Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera|
La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico
|murder, money laundering, drug trafficking, racketeering, organized crime|
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.
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.
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.
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.