Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is currently being held in prison in New York and will face a trial set to begin in November. If convicted on charges related to international drug-trafficking, El Chapo faces a life behind bars. The upcoming trial has not prompted his sons to scrub their social media accounts and take down their profiles, even after purportedly saying last year that a fellow cartel leader tried to kill them.
Although the validity of El Chapo’s sons’ social media profiles comes into question, there is no doubt the posts show a gasp-inducing, eye-widening look behind the life of a drug cartel boss. This is what social media followers can still see and comment on…
The most recent post on his son Iván Archivaldo Guzman’s Instagram account was back in 2017, but a quick look through his 9-post profile shows some of “El Chapito’s”ostentatious displays of wealth.
Here you have a private jet awaited back in May of 2015, which Guzman captioned, “Hay que seguir trabajando” (you have to keep working.)
In a post dating back to May 10, 2015, he fanned out over $2,000 in cash.
In another post uploaded that same day, some users commented in Spanish “Dame chamba haha” (give me work) and “Regálame unos billetitos” (give me some little bills.)
On Twitter, the posts of jets and cash are still up, even though his brother Jesús Alfredo Guzmán’s account has been suspended.
Me distraigo con las mujeres, pero siempre pendiente de mis quehaceres pic.twitter.com/ba4fqyUHIZ
— Ivan Guzman (@_IvanGuzman_) May 5, 2014
Translation: (“I distract myself with women, but I’m always aware of my tasks.”)
Guzman’s Facebook profile is still visible, although his last few posts were also from 2015.
And El Chapo’s son isn’t the only one taking to social media to showcase his lifestyle.
The first post on his profile shows four guns on top of a Porsche, with an accompanying caption of “For protection.”
Another post shows money, guns and expensive brand labels.
Me voy de vacaciones a Morelia Michoacán, a visitar a mi amigazo que hace meses que no lo veo, si voy bien preparado parceros? #love #tweegram #instagood #bestoftheday #instacool #instago #all_shots #follow #webstagram #colorful #style #swag #allshots #amazing #smile #follow4follow #like4like #instalike #tb#picoftheday #food#instadaily #gucci #narcostyle
In another Instagram account titled @narcocultura_, there are several photos showing gold plates, guns, and cash on a table.
The post is captioned in Spanish, “los tiempos de antes,” translated as: way back when.
Will social media companies continue to suspend these accounts or will these drug cartel leaders continue to snap a photo and upload? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.