El Chapo's sons now lead his drug empire

El Chapo's sons now lead his drug empire

Mexican drug king Joaquin Guzman "El Chapo" Loera will be tried in federal court in Brooklyn tomorrow, but the billion dollar cartel he founded is still flourishing under the direction of his two favorite sons.

"… The sons of the defendant continue to be responsible for his vast drug trafficking empire," says a recent letter from US lawyers preparing for the Guzman case.

The October 28 announcement to Federal Judge Brian Cogan threatens to warn of the safety of all witnesses. They testify against the drug lord in the process: "There is no doubt that the defendant and his cartel have the ability, the resources and the will to hurt collaborating witnesses and their families even after they have been resettled."

Brothers Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar have ironclad their father's drug empire while hiding and imprisoned in Mexico, and last year after being sent to the United States.

"The brothers have participated in violent acts of violence," said a former source of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "They ambushed the military and they still have the resources to influence witnesses."

Ivan and Alfredo are considered the favorite sons of the drug lord, whom he personally prepared for the takeover of the family business. They were born by his first wife María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández, whom Guzman married in 1977 in a small ceremony in a rural town in the state of Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico. The couple had three children, but another son, Cesar, was killed six years ago.

Last month, 32-year-old Alfredo, also known by his underworld monikers Alfredillo and Jags, was added to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Most Wanted List. Alfredo was indicted in 2009 in Illinois for drug trafficking. The reward for information leading to his arrest has recently been increased to $ 5 million.

"Why were not the sons beaten yet?" Said a federal law enforcement agency that did not want to be identified. "That means they have a lot of control. "But unlike her father, who believed he was unobtrusive, they do not hide and love to show themselves."

Like her young stepmother and Guzman's third wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Alfredo and his older brother Ivan lead a conspicuous title called Lifestyle in Mexico. Social media accounts linked to Guzman's current wife, Coronel Aispuro, 29, recently featured posing at a lavish Barbie birthday party for her twin daughters in Sinaloa. Other photos show their great designer handbags and pose in skimpy bikinis on the beach.

"The whole family still controls a significant criminal network and has access to huge funds," a former DEA agent told the Post.

In addition to Hernandez and Coronel Aispuro Guzman was also married to Griselda Lopez Perez. He married her in the 1980s and the couple had four children – Edgar, Joaquin, Ovidio and Griselda Guadalupe. In addition to his wives Guzman had several friends, including Estela Pena, who initially rejected him. Later, he abducted her and forced her into a relationship.

Another woman, Zulema Hernandez, was his lover in the maximum security prison of Puente Grande in Guadalajara. She was eventually killed by Guzman's rival Los Zetas. Her remains were found in the trunk of a car, the letter "Z" in the chest and back.

Guzman, who is believed to be 61 years old, has 15 children according to published reports.

"At least 15 children," said the federal source. "There can be more."

Mexico's top drug king Joaquin
Mexico's top drug king Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being escorted from Mexico after his extradition.REUTERS

The Mexican authorities have not yet confiscated Guzman's assets, and the family has access to hundreds of millions of drug smuggling proceeds, the US government said.

Ivan and Alfredo make no secret of the cash they control and regularly appear in the hottest bars and high-end shopping malls in Guadalajara, the US government said.

Until recently, they also ran social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter that showcase their huge wealth. Photos show stacks of dollars, gucci wallets, expensive Swiss watches, Tiger Tiger and a gold-plated AK-47 leaning against the dashboard of a Ferrari. There are also photos of them celebrating in bikinis with long-legged women and driving with spiked Audi spyders costing over $ 220,000.

"The inventory is worth millions of dollars – Lamborghinis, Maseratis, several BMWs, Mercedes … Porsches," said Patrick Curran, a DEA special agent who testified in 2016 against a cartel employee.

"The whole family still controls a significant criminal network and has access to huge funds."

"They travel in armored cars, but they have no allegiance to bodyguards," the federal agency told The Post. "You do not seem to be afraid."

This despite the murderous fights over the dominance of the underworld among Mexican cartels, especially since Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes – known as El Mencho – and his Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion or Jalisco New Generation since the delivery of Guzman to the US as a leading drug consumption force to gain ground.

A former police officer who once shot down an army helicopter and brought Mexico to an armed standstill, El Mencho is currently the world's most wanted drug trafficker. A bounty financed by the US and Mexico promises more than $ 6.5 million for information leading to his arrest.

Édgar Guzmán López, 22, was killed alongside Cesar, another of Guzman's sons, during a shootout in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Culiacan, capital of the state of Sinaloa. After the murder, police found more than 500 bullets from AK-47 rifles in the parking lot.

Two years ago, armed men kidnapped Aflredo and five Sinaloa cartel members with the Jalisco cartel in a Tony Beach Resort restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. He was held for about a week and then released, allegedly on orders from Guzman, who had threatened his Mexican jail cell to persecute the families of Jalisco Nueva Generacion leaders, the US government said.

Since the abduction, the brothers increasingly like to travel by private plane, the source said. At one time they gathered a fleet of aircraft for the Sinaloa cartel to rival AeroMexico, court records said. The aircraft were also used to transport drugs.

"It was a huge company," said the federal source. "They had about 30 pilots and 30 aircraft mechanics on their payroll."

From 2006 to 2015, the Mexican authorities deprived the Sinaloa Cartel of a total of 599 aircraft that flew into a network of nearly 5,000 runways, according to a report of nearly 5,000 illegal airstrips.

"Normally, a cartel or drug smuggling organization would use small airplanes to facilitate the movement of their own product or themselves," Curran said during the lawsuit against Sinaloa antitrust investigator, Jorge Martin Torres, who was guilty of money laundering. "High-level cartel members are usually fugitives. You can not travel on commercial planes, like you or me, or with other legitimate means. "

According to the Mexican authorities, Alfredo, whom they described as "one of the main leaders of the Sinaloa cartel," was responsible for the purchase of the plane, mainly in the US Midwest states through an American partner, to avoid suspicion. Only Americans or permanent resident may purchase aircraft under the Federal Aviation Administration's rules in that country.

Alfredo was also responsible for the vast property holdings of the cartel in Mexico and oversees most drug trafficking in the cartel to the United States.

"Alfredo and Ivan are still valid and real threats, and they will closely monitor this study to see who clears out their father," the former DEA agent said.

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