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

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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With ‘El Chapo’ Behind Bars The Government Has Seized His Homes And Now They’re Putting Them Up For Auction

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With ‘El Chapo’ Behind Bars The Government Has Seized His Homes And Now They’re Putting Them Up For Auction

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Some would say that interest rates are so low at the moment, that it’s a prime time to buy a house. But you know what’s an even better reason to check out what’s on the market? Three words: El Chapo’s house. That’s right, amigas. Now that the ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is definitively stuck with a pretty hefty life sentence, his goods are up for sale. His house and worldly possessions, that is. Not the drugs and other contraband.

We should probably mention: it’s not just one house being auctioned, it’s six.

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Imagine owning six houses. That’s definitely living the dream. Although, in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s case, he was pretty much confined to his living quarters when he was on the run. Granted, we can make an educated guess that there’s probably only so much you can do, even in a super duper decked-out pad. Poor El Chapo had it pretty rough, what with having to hide from the authorities across six homes. Especially in this economy. Okay, okay, we can only get away with so much sarcasm.

Apparently bidding on the drug lord’s home in Calle Rio Humaya will start at $107,349.

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But, don’t be fooled: not all of his houses are worth the same. It’s thought that, altogether, his collection of houses should fetch at least a staggering 19.5 million Mexican pesos – or, 1 million US dollars worth. Despite their impressive price tag, it’s worth noting that each of the properties also come fully furnished, sporting things such as television sets, washing and drying machines, microwaves and even exercise machines! That makes them a bargain, right?

And sure, they’re a bargain for anyone who’s watched too many Netflix true crime specials.

Apparently one of the homes is sporting a secret escape tunnel underneath a bathtub. The story behind this fateful tunnel is that the Mexican military had originally barged into El Chapo’s home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the early hours of a mid-February morning, back in 2004. The bathtub tunnel is credited with being the reason why El Chapo was able to escape the military’s clutches through an above ground drainage system. That is, until El Chapo was eventually captured, just one week after the raid.

Rumor has it that quite a few of the kingpin’s houses are connected by tunnels.

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After all, tunneling seemed to be El Chapo’s favorite way to get around: he previously managed to escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 by tunneling out through a shower stall. Unfortunately, though, we’re yet to hear of any word about whether the laundry cart El Chapo used in his 2001 prison break is also included in any of the auctions.

All jokes aside, the real question is whether there will be a lot of interest in the properties, or not.

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And we’re not just talking about the price point. One of the homes was originally purchased by El Chapo for the mother of his son, Ovidio Guzmán López. While the property itself has some pretty substantial draws – we’re talking multiple bedrooms, and an outdoor backyard pool – it’s also connected to a guy who is still on the run, and is very much wanted by the United States. There’s a high chance he might not necessarily want to just let go of a three-storey home that’s worth over half a million dollars. Or other things like the two luxury ships and convoy pricey sports cars. You know, the Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and Mercedes limousines.

And it may not entirely be up to Guzmán López. El Chapo’s kingpin status fell to his sons after his arrest.

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Word on the street has it that the Mexican government had arrested Guzmán López back in October, trying to deal a real blow to the cartels. However, the cartels retaliated by attacking a housing complex designed for military families. 14 people died during the shootouts, resulting in the government releasing Guzmán López to de-escalate the violence. With a reaction like that from the cartels over Guzmán López’s capture, it begs the question as to whether the sale of El Chapo’s homes may inspire copycat attacks during the auctions themselves, or on the new homeowners themselves.

Anyway, those daunting questions aside, here’s hoping that the Mexican government, who are responsible for the sale, see a proper payday from this series of El Chapo properties. The intention for the funds is to see them donated to a children’s music program based in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The ‘El Chapo’ Family Is In The Headlines Again But This Time It’s Because One Family Member Could Be Joining A VH1 Show

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The ‘El Chapo’ Family Is In The Headlines Again But This Time It’s Because One Family Member Could Be Joining A VH1 Show

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been in the news a lot recently. From his high-profile criminal case in the United States (that resulted in multiple life sentences) to the failed capture of his son in a Mexican police sting, the El Chapo name has been in many headlines.

Now, El Chapo’s wife is in the spotlight herself for the rumors of her possible casting in a hit VH1 show – Cartel Crew.

El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is reportedly in talks to join the cast of VH1’s Cartel Crew.

According to TMZ, Aispuro had a meeting with Michael Blanco (who is the son of Griselda Blanco) in Miami. Those close to the situation claim that Blanco was talking to Aispuro about her possibly joining the reality show’s cast. The meeting seemingly took place on Aispuro’s yacht and Micheal’s girlfriend, Marie, was also in attendance, judging from the pictures TMZ was able to obtain.

Coronel, who is barred from seeing her hubby who is locked up in the nation’s only supermax facility in Colorado, was recently in Miami for a round of meetings to discuss joining the reality TV show, TMZ said.

Michael and his partner, Marie, pulled up on their boat for the face-to-face meeting with Coronel in an effort to get her to join the reality show, which is currently in its second season.

Getting Aispuro to join the show would be a stretch for VH1.

Unlike the rest of the cast, El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel is still operating at a high level. Her husband is also working on appealing his life sentence. This could limit her dialogue on the show in an effort not to ruin El Chapo’s chances of regaining his freedom. Still, insiders tell TMZ that a deal is on the table for Aispuro to join the cast. If she agrees, her segments will start production immediately. 

Authorities in Mexico on Wednesday showed dramatic helmet cam footage of the moment Guzman’s son was captured by police earlier this month before the government released him after an ambush by cartel gunmen killed at least eight people.

Cartel Crew is a popular show for the network and landing such a big name could really help drive the network’s success.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 17: Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is surrounded by security as she arrives at federal court on July 17, 2019 in New York City. El Chapo was found guilty on all charges in a drug conspiracy trial and will be sentenced this morning. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

According to VH1, “Cartel Crew” aims to look at the lives of eight cartel descendants “as they navigate adulthood and the effects the legacy has had on their upbringing.” The subjects allege to have disconnected themselves from their past, the network says, and hope to make a name for themselves beyond the drug world.

The show already has another successful season under it’s belt.

Cartel Crew is currently shooting its second season. Along with Blanco, Aispuro would be joined by Marie Ramirez-D’Ariano, Kat Flores, Stephanie Acevedo, Nicole Zavala, Michael Zavala, Carlos Oliveros, and Dayana Castellanos if she signs on.