According to The Daily Mail, the Sinaloa Cartel is the greatest criminal drug threat to the U.S. and ‘maintains the most expansive footprint’ in the country despite its leader El Chapo being locked up for life
- The DEA says the Sinaloa Cartel poses a major threat to the United States
- A new report states that the cartel maintains the most expansive footprint in the U.S. despite Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán being jailed for life
- The DEA’s 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment report places the cartel as the top criminal organization responsible for smuggling fentanyl into the U.S.
- El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in July 2019 and also was ordered to pay the U.S. government $12.9 billion
- The organization is now led by his three sons, Ovidio Guzmán López, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán, all wanted by the U.S.
- The group is also led by Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada-Garcia, who helped El Chapo create the group in 1988
The Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday released its 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment report and found that the criminal syndicate, founded in 1988, ‘maintains the most expansive footprint in the United States’.
The study found that El Chapo’s old cartel is among the Mexican groups that pose ‘the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States’ and that there are no other organizations in the distance that are ‘positioned to challenge them’.
‘The Sinaloa Cartel maintains the most expansive footprint in the United States,’ the report stated. ‘While the Jalisco New Generation Cartel [Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación or CJNG] has become the second-most dominant domestic presence over the past few years.’
Known as one of the oldest trafficking organization in Mexico, the Sinaloa Cartel has still has the ‘most expansive international footprint’ compared to its rivals back home.
The illegal sale of drugs in the U.S. generates tens of billions of dollars and the Sinaloa Cartel rakes at least $11 billion a year through its shipments of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine across the borders in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas before the drugs are diverted to its distribution centers in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, and Chicago.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in July 2019 and also ordered to pay the U.S. government $12.9 billion.
With El Chapo no longer at the top of the command chain, the Sinaloa Cartel is now spearheaded by his sons, Ovidio Guzmán López, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán, who are known as ‘Los Chapitos’.
They are all wanted by U.S. authorities, along with Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada-Garcia, who helped the jailed drug lord establish the organization and is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s [FBI] most wanted list.