The drug trafficker Joaquín, "El Chapo" Guzmán is now a fashion icon

One of the conditions imposed by the capo's daughter, owner of the "701" image and brand, is that the authorized distributors donate a portion of the profits for the rehabilitation of addictions. 

Chapo 701
Chapo 701

A group of Jalisco entrepreneurs bet on the brand "El Chapo" and managed to obtain a license to be the first distributors in Mexico and Guadalajara of this clothing that bears the name of the legendary drug trafficker Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera and was presented for the first time in a fashion show in the entity.

One of the conditions imposed by Alejandrina Guzman Salazar, daughter of "El Chapo" and owner of the image and brand, is that authorized distributors of all clothing and the special edition "701". In the case of Puente Grande, they are the ones who make the "701" belts, which cost up to 15,000 pesos in the market.

The brand, which would be created by one of Guzman's daughters, began formal operations today at the Intermoda 2019 Expo in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

The catalog includes clothes and items such as hats, purses, bracelets and other accessories. According to local media, customers prefer to buy them immediately and not wait until three months to get their purchase online.

The special edition is named 701 is because Forbes magazine places Joaquín Guzmán in the position 701 of the richest people in the world and that is why this special edition that consists of bracelets, purses, and belts embroidered in gold, which makes them have a high selling price and ranges from three thousand 500 pesos and up to 15 thousand pesos for belts.

You can also find some accessories ranging from 300 pesos to just over 600 pesos and all that is already available in Jalisco, in the coming days there will be an auction of 701 pieces of the special edition and the resources collected will be for the rehabilitation of inmates of the Puente Grande Prison.

"El Chapo" Guzmán,the man who reached the top of drug trafficking and who will spend the rest of his life in prison

Joaquín Guzmán Loera was sentenced on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, by a judge in New York to life in a U.S. prison after he was convicted of ten charges related to drug trafficking, organized crime, possession of firearms and money laundering.

In the two-and-a-half years, he's been at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center, he's been denied any communication with his loved ones, and it's likely that this Wednesday's was one of his last times to see the outside world.

One of the most prominent drug lords in history, Joaquín Guzman "El Chapo", found in drug trafficking a business that led him to accumulate a great fortune and annihilate the poverty in which he grew up, and yet now drags him back to the shadows with a life sentence.

The severe - though expected - sentence comes five months after being convicted of drug trafficking by a jury after a lengthy trial that saw dozens of witnesses who gave all kinds of details about his extensive business network and his ruthless character, which led him to murder members of his own family.

The U.S. judicial system condemns him to spend the rest of his days behind bars, foreseeably in harsh conditions of isolation to ensure that Chapo does not escape from jail again, as he did in Mexico on a couple of occasions.

In the two-and-a-half years he's been at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center, he has been denied any kind of communication with his loved ones, and it's likely that this Wednesday's was one of his last times to see the outside world, during his transfer from prison to court, when he was escorted by a convoy of a dozen police vehicles.

After sentencing, the drug trafficker is expected to be taken to the ADX Florence maximum-security prison, known as the "Rocky Mountain Alcatraz" or Supermax, 90 miles south of Denver, Colorado, which opened its doors in 1994 to house inmates who pose a threat to national security.

There, he will spend 23 hours a day in a cell of soundproof concrete walls to avoid communication with other inmates, including French-Moroccan Zacarias Moussaoui for his conspiracy in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison after hearing during the trial testimonies of cruel murders of family members, collaborators, and rival drug traffickers and details of the transportation and distribution of hundreds of tons of narcotics.

Born on April 4, 1957, in the town of Badiraguato (Sinaloa, northern Mexico) and nicknamed El Chapo for his short stature, the all-powerful drug emperor grew up in a poor family on a ranch known as La Tuna.

He began in the drug world at age 15 when he began growing and selling marijuana and opium, "the only way to have money to buy food and survive," he said in his famous interview with actor Sean Penn.

But the criminal record for which he has been convicted would not begin until the 1980s, as a lieutenant and trusted man of Miguel Angel Felix-Gallardo, "El Padrino," founder of the first cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Then, with hardly any studies, Chapo designed a strategy to transport cocaine and marijuana from Colombia to the United States in planes, which made the return trip to Mexico loaded with dollars.

In the 1990s, with the 1989 arrest of Felix-Gallardo, Chapo decided to go it alone and create the Sinaloa cartel, which fought its rivals to take control of drug trafficking in Guadalajara and which since the early 1990s transported drugs between the United States and Mexico through tunnels.

Known and admired for his eccentric life of luxury, Guzmán amassed such popularity in his region that he became the protagonist of dozens of songs, which did not prevent him from being arrested for the first time in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, from where he remained in charge of the cartel.

The power and money hoarded by the Mexican drug emperor led Time magazine to place him in 2009 among the 100 most influential people on the planet and the publication Forbes to include him from 2012 on the list of the richest people in the world.

He later rose to international fame with the television series dedicated to him by Netflix, which narrates his rise and fall as a trafficker, as well as his scandalous prison escapes.

The first, that of Puente Grande prison on 19 January 2001, and the second and best known, of El Altiplano prison on 11 July 2015, from where he came out through a tunnel accessed from his own cell.

His last arrest, which led to his extradition to the United States in January 2017, has already led him to spend two and a half years in an isolation unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where the strict conditions of his confinement have paradoxically given him even more visibility.

The fame that the closest relatives of the Chapo have tried to use for the development of several businesses that carry his name in an attempt to recover part of the fortune, as has his current wife, Emma Coronel, with whom he has twins.

Money that will be needed, since the U.S. government has requested this month the seizure of $12,666 million dollars from the drug trafficker, who considers a refund of the money obtained with the sale of drugs.

Source: EFE

"Chapo" and other convicted capos in the United States

The trial of one of the bloodiest drug traffickers in history will conclude with life imprisonment. Like him, there are many other capos who ended up in prison.

The numbers of violence in Mexico in recent years are terrible and continue to rise. For Javier Oliva Posada, specialist in security issues and coordinator of the National Defense and Security Diploma at UNAM, "the main causes are: the change in the patterns of consumption of addictions in the United States, which went from marijuana to analgesics derived from opium gum, the weak accusatory penal system and the rearrangements of the relations between political power and organized crime.

In an interview with El Espectador, Oliva said: "Criminal organizations in Mexico have been weakened and fragmented. This shows that the Mexican governments of Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña did not develop a series of contingency measures for when an important criminal chief was neutralized or brought before the law. It is enough to see how today they have gone from approximately seven criminal organizations to have around 260.

And he adds: "Just cases like those of Joaquín Guzmán show the lack of foresight of the authorities, ineptitude, frank ignorance or ignorance of the matter, as happened with the group Zambada Esparragoza Guzmán. Now we see that the fragmentation brought about the consolidation of this criminal group, which was initially protected by Guzmán and Zambada. Today the new generations are a new criminal organization.

Other convictions

Chapo's situation is not unprecedented. One of the important names on the long list is Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka Barbie, who formed an alliance with drug traffickers Arturo Beltrán Leyva y el Chapo. In 2010, however, he was arrested, extradited and sentenced in the U.S.

There is also Juan García Ábrego, better known as "the drug baron," who in January 1996 was arrested in Mexico and extradited the next day; and Benjamín Arellano Félix, founder of the Arellano Félix cartel in Tijuana, who after being extradited in 2010 was sentenced to 25 years in prison plus a US$100 million fine.

Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, known as el Mochomo, pays life in the U.S. after being captured in Mexico and extradited in 2015; Juan José Quintero Payán, known as "Don Juanjo," who became the second in power of the Juarez cartel, is also a U.S. prisoner. He was arrested in 2008, extradited in 2014 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Is extradition for Mexico a good measure? 

For Oliva it has its nuances: "Extradition, which above all gained momentum during the six-year term of Felipe Calderón, has been a measure that matters to the accused and in that proportion also generates a certain type of control. The important thing is that the extradition is later, not as has happened with some criminals, that when they are extradited there is no opportunity for the Mexican authorities to know how to operate or their accomplices, as happened with García Ábrego at the time.

Source: El Espectador

This is El Chapo's favorite song

Miguel Ángel Martínez, 'El Gordo', a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera that is being held in the United States, explained the reason why he had never testified against 'El Chapo'.

According to Martínez Martínez, he was never disappointed or betrayed, despite which the Mexican drug lord threatened to kill him four times, two of which were perpetrated while he was in prison: the first time he was stabbed and the second, he survived an attack with grenades to his cell.

'El Gordo' was extradited to the United States in 2001 and found guilty of money laundering and cocaine trafficking, for which he received a sentence of 18 years of which he has only served 6 due to his cooperation agreement with the US government.

The witness asserted that 'El Chapo' wanted him dead and had ordered his death and even revealed what the capo's favorite song was when he suffered the fourth death attack.

While in prison in Mexico City, he said that a band appeared in the middle of the night outside the prison and began to play the favorite song of the Mexican drug trafficker at least 20 times: "A fist of the land" composed by Carlos Coral.

An hour after the band stopped playing, a man from outside the prison took a pistol and grenades from a cell, threatened the guard in the head to open the cell of Martinez, to which the custodian refused, so he threw two grenades at 'El Gordo', who protected himself with the toilet.

One of the lawyers of 'El Chapo', questioned the veracity of the statements and why there had been neither official report of the incident nor news coverage of the incident.

By Agencies