Sunday, October 23, 2016

El Chapo: Coming to a City Near You

It has been a while since I last heard about the notorious Mexican drug king-pin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Recently, a Mexican federal judge agreed to extradite El Chapo to the United States, although this will not happen over night. Joaquin Guzman is among several drug smugglers that were indicted in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1990 and 2005, they imported more than 260,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States. I’m fascinated with the drug-dealing mentality that people like El Chapo or Pablo Escobar have. They are smart business people and it’s cool to see it unravel on shows like Narcos.  It’s captivating and interesting. Besides New York, El Chapo also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, New Hampshire, Florida, and even Illinois. I also think it’s funny how he has managed to escape from jail multiple times, specifically the Altiplano jail that’s supposed to be “top security”. El Chapo is quite the character. Lucky for him, and for the spectators awaiting his next big move, if he is convicted, he will not receive the death penalty as Mexico does not favor death sentences. 

--Jazmin Galindo

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