Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, referred to as “El Chapo,” was born in La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico someday within the 1950s. (Officers have launched conflicting beginning dates). Within the 1970s, Guzman started his lifetime of organized crime, working for outstanding drug lords together with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the chief of the Guadalajara cartel, who recruited Guzman within the 1980s.

Guzman’s mentor Felix Gallardo was arrested in 1989. On the time of his arrest, the highly effective, sprawling Guadalajara Cartel was being break up into individually-controlled factions. The faction below Guzman’s management turned the Sinaloa Cartel, which within the ensuing years moved billions upon billions of in marijuana, cocaine and heroin. It’s throughout this time that Guzman’s actions have been first detected by america.

El Chapo turns into well-known

Years of warring between the Sinaloa and Tijuana Cartels got here to a violent head in Could of 1993 when gunmen from the Tijuana cartel opened hearth on a automotive close to the Guadalajara Worldwide Airport. They believed Guzman was hiding within the automotive, nevertheless it was really Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo, the Cardinal and Archbishop of Guadalajara.

Following Posadas Ocampo’s loss of life, the Mexican authorities launched a manhunt to search out his killers. Within the course of, footage of Guzman have been broadly publicized for the primary time. This public “outing” compelled Guzman to flee to Guatemala. He reportedly paid a $1.2 million bribe to the Guatemalan army to guard him.

The body of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo lays in state in a Guadalajara cathedral in 1993. The body of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo lays in state in a Guadalajara cathedral in 1993.

His luck runs out

In June 1993, Guzman was situated and arrested by Guatemalan authorities close to the Mexico-Guatemala border. Whereas in jail, he bribed safety guards for particular therapy, took a mistress and continued to seamlessly oversee the workings of the Sinaloa Cartel. Throughout this time, the Sinaloa Cartel expanded its affect into the trafficking of methamphetamine.

Guzman continued to expand his drug empire even when behind bars. Guzman continued to expand his drug empire even when behind bars.

Daring jail escape

In January 2001, Guzman escaped the utmost safety jail in Jalisco, Mexico, after bribing a number of jail workers. Guzman was wheeled out of the ability in a laundry cart and pushed away by a jail upkeep employee. His escape began a years-long manhunt that spanned the complete nation of Mexico.

His elusiveness throughout this time made him a legend. There have been rumors of him strolling fearlessly into eating places, confiscating telephones, after which paying for everybody’s invoice earlier than slipping out unscathed. A worldwide intelligence professional instructed CNN in 2013 that El Chapo actively cultivated a robust (albeit false) “benevolent businessman” persona. Rumors of his ruthlessness and affect impressed folks songs and fashionable tradition.

His continued evasion of the regulation and the expansion of the Sinaloa Cartel led Guzman to be thought of probably the most highly effective drug lord on the earth.

Guzman's elusiveness inspired folk songs, and his influence led him to appear on Forbes' list of most powerful people for several years from 2009 to 2013. Guzman's elusiveness inspired folk songs, and his influence led him to appear on Forbes' list of most powerful people for several years from 2009 to 2013.

Years-long manhunt ends

After greater than a decade on the run, Guzman was captured but once more in February 2014 at a lodge in Mazatlan, a seaside resort city in his dwelling state of Sinaloa. After his arrest, authorities say they have been helped by the drug lord’s propensity to make use of intricate tunnel methods for each evading authorities and shifting the huge portions of medicine that made the Sinaloa Cartel so highly effective.

Authorities stated they’d found a sequence of secret tunnels within the metropolis of Culiacan, and one of many homes within the system was Guzman’s primary native residence. Although he was in a position to keep away from seize there, raids of the residence and the remainder of the tunnel system finally led authorities to Mazatlan, the place Guzman had retreated.

Guzman is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. Guzman is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City.

He escapes once more

Guzman’s second escape took solely months, however this time he wasn’t wheeled out the jail’s doorways. In July 2015, safety cameras in Guzman’s cell on the maximum-security Altiplano federal jail caught Guzman getting into the bathe in his cell and by no means reappearing. Upon additional examination, authorities discovered one thing exceptional and really, very on-brand for the kingpin: A virtually mile-long tunnel, full with lighting, air flow,and a modified motorbike authorities assume was used to maneuver dust and sand because the tunnel was being constructed.

View of the hole in the shower of the Almoloya prison where Guzman was and through which he escaped in July 2015.View of the hole in the shower of the Almoloya prison where Guzman was and through which he escaped in July 2015.

An odd assembly with the celebrities

In maybe one of the vital weird twists of Guzman’s time on the run, the fugitive met with film star Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in October 2015, simply months after his second escape.

Del Castillo is a well known actress who portrayed a drug trafficker on the favored telenovela “La Reina del Sur” and likewise appeared on the U.S. tv sequence “Weeds.” In 2012, she wrote a controversial and compassionate message to El Chapo over Twitter telling him to “site visitors in love.” It was del Castillo who apparently brokered the 2015 assembly between Penn and Guzman.

Guzman and Penn pose for a picture during their curious meeting. Guzman and Penn pose for a picture during their curious meeting.

After El Chapo was captured and Penn’s interview with the drug lord ran in Rolling Stone journal, del Castillo instructed the media she was misled by Penn’s intentions.

The assembly wasn’t the primary time Guzman had proven an curiosity in present enterprise. Authorities have stated Guzman’s efforts to have a biopic product of his life helped them monitor and finally seize him for a 3rd time.

Foiled once more

In January 2016, Mexican authorities and members of Mexico’s navy carried out an early morning raid within the coastal metropolis of Los Mochis in Sinaloa. A number of of Guzman’s associates died within the raid, however Guzman himself was apprehended and promptly returned to the jail from which he had escaped in 2014.

Mexican officers have been extraordinarily happy along with his seize. “Mision cumplida (Mission achieved),” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted after the mission. “Quiero informar a los mexicans que Joaquin Guzman Loera ha sido detenido. (I need to inform the Mexican individuals Joaquin Guzman Loera has been detained).”

Guzman was taken again to the Altiplano jail, the place he says guards inflicted “brutal torture” upon him by depriving him of sleep. The jail facility now boasts a whole bunch of recent cameras and flooring bolstered with metal rods.

Guzman is escorted by Mexican security forces at a Navy hangar in Mexico City, Mexico in 2016. Guzman is escorted by Mexican security forces at a Navy hangar in Mexico City, Mexico in 2016.

Preventing extradition

Mexican officers say renovations on the Altiplano jail compelled them to switch Guzman to a different facility: A jail in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, simply throughout the border from El Paso, Texas.

Later that month, a Mexican choose accepted the U.S. request to extradite Guzman. Guzman’s lead lawyer tells CNN his authorized workforce will attraction, and the method may take years to be resolved. The cartel kingpin faces federal costs in seven U.S. states. It is not instantly clear when Guzman might be turned over to U.S. custody, however as soon as he is transferred, Guzman might be despatched to Brooklyn to face trial, U.S. officers have instructed CNN.

Guzman standing in his cell at the Altiplano prison in Mexico. He has since been transferred to another prison near the Mexico-U.S. border. Guzman standing in his cell at the Altiplano prison in Mexico. He has since been transferred to another prison near the Mexico-U.S. border.