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How El Chapo Makes $80K from a $5K “Investment”

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is, by far, the number one drug lord in the world, according to a new report by the DEA.

El Chapo has almost full control of the drug market in the United States, which includes $3 billion worth of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He funnels it in through Chicago and Los Angeles and gangs — like MS-13, Latin Kings, Bloods, the Sureños and Crips — help distribute it to the entire country and even Canada.

According to the Mexican newspaper El Universal, this may be due to a rumored agreement made in 2000 between the Sinaloa Cartel and US Officials where, in exchange for information on other drug organizations, El Chapo would do as he pleased.

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Whether or not this is true, what’s a fact is that the cartel is becoming even more powerful. El Chapo is now growing his own opium to produce heroin and compete with the South American market. He has, according to farmers and officials in Mexico, 23,000 miles of opium and marijuana fields, that’s larger than Costa Rica. And just to put things in perspective as to his profits: it costs him $5,000 to produce a kilogram of heroin and can sell it for $80,000, street value.

Obviously, that’s not without consequence. Between 2007 and 2014, heroin deaths increased by 244% and there are between 435,000 to 1.5 million heroin users in the U.S. So whether he’s behind bars or roaming free, El Chapo is keeping his King Pin title.

Get more details on the new DEA report here.

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Here is How the Internet Totally Reunited a Mexican Woman with Her Stolen Pickup Truck

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Here is How the Internet Totally Reunited a Mexican Woman with Her Stolen Pickup Truck

The Internet is a cruel place where everything, like everything, is fair game for jokes and mockery. Zaira Salazar Medina learned this the hard way when she asked the Internet to help her find her stolen truck with a badly drawn picture. But the Internet’s lack of chill actually ended up helping her…

It all started when Zaira Salazar Medina made this plea via social media to track down her stolen pickup.

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Credit: @carosanf / Twitter

Translation: “Yesterday, at the Hector Espino market, someone stole a 1991 Nissan pick up with the plate number VB52780. The car is grey with a black roof. If you see it, please call me 6622214393. I don’t have photos but I have this drawing.”

Silly her for thinking that the Internet would sympathize and help her in a time of need.

It didn’t take long for the Internet to act as only the Internet can… with jokes.

Translation: “I think I saw it on the moon.”

Soon everyone with a social media account and access to photo editing started to “spot” the truck everywhere.

Translation: “Zaira, I can’t see the plates from here but I think this is your truck.”

Seriously… everywhere.

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Translation: “Well, I saw Zaira Salazar’s truck. It was taken by aliens.”

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The truck had some great times, like when it delivered a bed full of pizza.

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Credit: @pritpr / Twitter

It even became an emoji!

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Credit: @FabianCrundall / Twitter

Don’t lie. You’d totally use that emoji.

Then, because the image became so viral, someone actually recognized it and reported it.

Translation: “THEY FOUND IT!!!!!!!!”

The truck was eventually returned to Zaira Salazar.

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Everyone following the story was like:

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Who would have ever guessed a crude drawing posted to Facebook would actually lead to the truck being recovered and returned?

And the world discovered that the truck DID look like the drawing.

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Seems like Salazar has a hidden talent, no?

But that’s not the end of the story.

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After her story and picture went viral, Chevrolet Monclova of Mexico had a special contest just for Zaira Salazar.

¡Al fin la encontramos! Ahora ayúdala a estrenar una S10 2016.

Si esta publicación llega a 1 millón de likes al día 23 de Diciembre 2015 ¡Zaira estrenará!

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Posted by Chevrolet Monclova on Friday, December 11, 2015

Credit: Chevrolet Monclova / Facebook

If she could get 1 million likes on the video above, the car dealership would give her a new truck.

She reached her goal way before the Dec. 23 deadline.

El momento justo en el que la publicación logró superar el millón de “likes”
¡¡¡Felicidades Zaira!!!

Posted by Periódico La Voz on Saturday, December 12, 2015

Credit: Periódico La Voz / Facebook

And Chevrolet Monclova kept their word and gave her a brand new truck.

Congrats, girl!

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As for her old truck, rumor has it that it’s following it’s dream to be a race car.

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Everyone has a happy ending!

Doesn’t that just warm your heart? Share this story with your friends by clicking that little share button and show them how great people and the Internet can be.

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