El Chapo: CEO of Crime

Published on 21st February 2016 by

A 2015 Frontline documentary about El Chapo, officially the worlds most powerful drug trafficker according to the US Treasury. The Mexican drug lord heads the Sinaloa Cartel and became the countries head drug kingpin in 2003, Forbes magazine believe that his wealth exceeds $1 billion making him one of the 10 richest men in Mexico. The DEA believe that El Chapo’s empire is larger than Pablo Escobar’s was at his peak.

The primary activity of the Sinaloa Cartel is the transportation of from Mexico to the United States, mainly cocaine but also a whole plethora of other illegal narcotics, the drugs are smuggled by the ton rather than by the kilo. The cartel also supplies drug markets in many other countries. El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, has twice escaped from prison. He is currently incarcerated but remains the head of the Sinaloa Cartel.

El Chapo: CEO of Crime tells the rag to riches story of his rise from poverty to the very top of the global drug trade, gives an insight into his drug empire and of his recent capture and subsequent escape from prison.


Mexico City based crime reporter Malcolm Beith authored the 2011 book The Last Narco: Inside The Hunt for El Chapo, the World’s Most Wanted Drugs Lord, which told the story of how El Chapo was finally apprehended. It is available in paperback, hardback, and kindle editions.

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