While El Chapo is at his trial, what happens in Sinaloa?

After having started the trial against Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, have things changed (or not) in Sinaloa?

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

Since the trial began against one of the most important drug kingpins in Mexico, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, we would think that things have subsided a little in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Perhaps even our mind has passed that people will forget little by little.

However, the routes carried out by various media outlets around the places that saw Guzmán Loera grow, say the opposite. In Culiacán, Sinaloa, nobody has forgotten the Chapo and we doubt that one day they will erase it from the history of the state.

At least this is the perception of the journalist of the Spanish newspaper El País, Luis Pablo Beauregard, who toured the center of Culiacán, where he found a place where hats with number 701 are sold on his forehead, that same number that Forbes awarded Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in 2009, ranking the world's largest fortunes.

"The process has not had much impact among the people," Luis Pablo told a salesman located inside the Mercado Garmendia. "Only between businessmen and politicians on the subject of bribes," says the boy who attends a book market.

They say that the series and the films that have been filmed about him, help him to remain in the memory of the citizen collective. And it is that his history, same that includes his escapes of the prison, does not happen unnoticed for his inhabitants, still being facing the call "judgment of the century".

"'El Chapo' was very mediatic, he took it for being a histrionic act and that placed him more in the spotlight, and because his fugues and his persecutions seemed like a movie," Tomás Guevara, a sociologist at the University, told AFP news agency. from Sinaloa. We know that although he is still in prison, the Sinaloa Cartel, the organization founded by Guzmán Loera, continues to be one of the most important cartels in the country.

"The Sinaloa Cartel continues to function as before, the capture and extradition of Chapo Guzmán was a symbolic thing," said Mike Vigil, a former DEA agent. 

Things in Sinaloa have not changed much. Even its inhabitants assure that they will not change after the sentence. They say that, surely, Culiacán will forever be the land of Guzmán Loera.