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21 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About El Chapo

His real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, but he is known to the world as El Chapo. From his Mexican villas, he ran the biggest drug operation in the world. As the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, El Chapo amassed unmatched wealth and power.

Guzman’s story is widely known to the public. The most recent version of his life story is featured on Netflix’s TV series “El Chapo.”

While there seems to be no shortage of information about El Chapo, there are a few things that might not be known to all. Who was El Chapo as a person? What was he like?

Here are 21 things you may not have known about El Chapo.

1. How he got his nickname

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The phrase “El Chapo” is a slang term similar to “shorty.” With Guzman, it was used to describe his short stature, standing at only 5’6″ tall. This physical attribute became an advantage when he escaped prison, crawling into a small hole under his cell’s shower.

2. He’s a real-life Robin Hood

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Despite being a criminal, Guzman has the empathy and support of people from his town. Locals were reported as saying that Guzman has given the people money and jobs, which was more than what the Mexican government has done.

3. He escaped prison twice

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Guzman first escaped Puente Grande prison in Jalisco, Mexico, with 78 people cited as conspirators. He was recaptured in 2014 but escaped again in 2015, this time through a tunnel dug under his cell’s shower room.

4. His birthday is unclear

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There are two conflicting dates reported as Guzman’s birthday. One report says he was born on December 25, 1954, and another that says April 4, 1957.

5. He did not finish grade school

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El Chapo is reportedly semi-illiterate. His highest educational attainment is the third grade.

6. He gave an interview with Sean Penn

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While on the run, Guzman met Hollywood actor Sean Penn. Penn interviewed the Mexican kingpin and it was published in Rolling Stone magazine. Guzman was quoted as saying, “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana than anybody else in the world.”

7. He married four times

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El Chapo is said to have married four times. The latest one happened in 2007 when he married Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen.

8. He was on the Forbes Billionaires list

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In 2009, Guzman made it to the Forbes Billionaires list. He ranked 701 with an estimated wealth of $1 billion. In Mexico, he was the 10th richest man in the country.

9. He has fathered 13 children

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Guzman’s Wikipedia page currently lists 13 children. Some of his children from his first marriage are also involved in the drug trade. One of his sons, Edgar, was shot and killed in a gunfight near Culiacan, Mexico.

10. He initially kidnapped his third wife

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In 1977, a bank clerk from Nayarit by the name of Estela Peña caught Guzman’s eye. He captured her by force and had sexual relations with her. They eventually married shortly after.

11. He doesn’t speak English

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He is reported to have used translators in all of his court proceedings in the United States. It is known that El Chapo did not fully complete grade school, and entered the drug trade at an early age.

12. He was Chicago’s modern-day Al Capone

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Bringing in over 4,000 pounds of cocaine in Chicago every month, Guzman was given the title “Public Enemy No. 1,” second to Al Capone. There was no evidence, however, that El Chapo was ever in Chicago.

13. He had a lover in jail

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Guzman met Zulema Hernandez in jail. She was imprisoned for aiding drug traffickers. Guzman and Hernandez were said to have a romantic relationship while in prison. A rival gang killed Hernandez after her release.

14.  The United States Treasury calls him the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world”

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As the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Guzman has moved illegal drugs in the US more than any other drug lord. He is reported to have brought 500,000 tons of cocaine in the United States using a fleet of vehicles that include jets, boats, and submarines.

15. He started his own marijuana plantation at 15 years old

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Guzman’s father mismanaged the money he made from growing and selling marijuana, so Guzman took it upon himself to start his own marijuana trade. Along with his younger brothers, Guzman sold marijuana and became the family’s breadwinner.

16. He uses Twitter to threaten enemies

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Guzman has maintained a Twitter account and has over 500,000 followers. Guzman has recently tweeted his disapproval of US President Trump. Trump has also replied to a few of his tweets.

17. He disguised drugs as chili peppers

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Of the many creative ways Guzman used to smuggle drugs, the most interesting is probably packaging them in chili pepper cans. A sample of the exact can used was entered into evidence for his ongoing trial.

18. There are ballads written about him

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Guzman, revered by his fellow townsmen, is the subject of many “drug ballads” called narcocorridos in Spanish. The is more proof that he is considered to be a town hero worthy of admiration. The ballads openly express support for the drug kingpin, especially when he is recaptured by authorities.

19. He escaped an assassination attempt

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Assassins wrongly identified Guzman in a car in Guadalajara airport. Thinking Guzman was in the vehicle, the assassins fired shots at the vehicle. Guzman, however, was nowhere near the area. Six people were killed in the shooting, one of them was the car’s passenger, Cardinal and Archbishop of Guadalajara Juan Jesús Posadas, who was said to be mistaken as Guzman.

20. He has his own shipping line

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To ensure total autonomy in his drug smuggling trade, Guzman built a shipping empire. He uses the business to transport drugs without having to deal with third-party shippers. A recent report claimed that he used 747 jets and submarines to move drugs from Mexico to the US.

21. He used a catapult to “deliver” marijuana to the US

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A DEA official revealed that one of Guzman’s smuggling technique was a simple catapult. They would load bales of marijuana on it and “throw it” over the Arizona-Mexico border.

At this point, Guzman is awaiting trial in a United States court. He has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges that include drug smuggling, murder, and money laundering. Guzman was arrested in 2016 in Los Mochis, Mexico. If found guilty, El Chapo faces life in prison.

Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything

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Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything

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It’s been almost 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar and devastated her fans. Back in the 1980’s she was being refused booking for being a woman singing in the mostly male-dominated Tejano genre but she pushed through and is an icon to millions. With the new internet age, it was only a matter of time till we had Selena memes for every situation. Thankfully, that day is here.

1. Sheer surprise and horror.

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Seeing your teacher outside of school is one of the most shocking moments for kids. Like, why are they just here at the grocery store shopping? Don’t they live at the school? Are they going to give me a pop quiz in front of my mom?

2. There’s nothing more devastating than someone taking your food.

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Your parents always told you that you were so dramatic when this happened. It’s like they don’t understand that you have been waiting for this moment all day and now someone has taken away the one thing that brought you joy. Selena gets it. Selena gets you.

3. Some of the memes are a little…much.

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This is probably not a meme you want to throw around, but, tbh, me.

4. Some of the memes offer necessary and relevant relationship advice.

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Okay, so Selena really understands us. We are always hungry and when our boos ask what’s wrong, it is likely the only answer.

5. This whole adulting thing is too much for some people.

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She was such an icon, and so ahead of her time. You validate me, Selena. I want to be like you when I grow up.

6. Food > Everything

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I’m pretty sure I use this phrase about 10 times a week. I just don’t understand why more people don’t drown themselves in pizza. It is a gift from up above.

7. She had her own food appearance moment.

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Only the greats find a way to come back on food to show the world that they will not be forgotten.

8. How long until she is part of Disney royalty?

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She is one of the most loved and respected musical princesses of our generation. We want to see her face all over that Disney merch.

9. She is a trendsetter that everyone tries to overlook.

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Yeah. That’s right. Selena was the first celebrity to make having a butt something to be celebrated.

10. The feud that shouldn’t be.

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There is room for both of them to exist in your playlist. After all, Gomez was named after Selena because her mother was such a big fan. If anything, it’s a touching homage.

READ: 11 Reasons Why: What Makes Selena Special For Us Latinos

11. We will never get over her.

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It’s hard to imagine a world without Selena. We are living in one physically but we just can’t let her go from our hearts and minds.

12. Did we mention that she is great for relationship reactions?

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That was cute, boo. *wipes tear from my smizing eye* I needed that pick-me-up. Distribute this meme widely.

13. The movie is soul crushing after all these years.

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Every time. We hid our tears during high school Spanish class y, como viejos, we openly weep. 😩

14. Playing Yolanda Saldívar took courage for sure.

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That’s what you call a good job. She was able to play the woman who killed Selena and made us feel that.

15. Tips on how to talk to the negative people in your life.

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Modern slang is confusing and, honestly, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

16. “Mean Girls” quotes + Selena = My life.

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Yeah. It’s a hard rule, and it’s for every day of the week and we don’t care how many Kälteen bars you’ve eaten today.

17. She encourages us to be the sleuths we are meant to be.

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Every expression she makes –pensive, quizzical, sorpresa– is a work of art. So spot on.

18. She makes a better Waldo than Waldo.

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Carmen Sandiego is somewhere quaking at Selena’s multiple talents.

19. She has collabed with young Cardi B for some fun time.

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LOLOLOL

20. Why is she so wise in these memes? 💯

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We miss you, Selena, if you’re listening. We’ll never stop loving and memorializing you. ❤️


READ: 25 Crazy Facts About ‘Selena’ You Probably Didn’t Know (Including One About Brownface)

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