Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has become one of, if not the most famous drug lords in the world. The Mexican cartel boss recently came back into the public eye after a jailbreak that stunned his home country’s government and was interesting enough to grab people outside of Mexico’s attention. While the man hasn’t always been a household name, he’s been on the radar of certain segments of our culture for a while now as he continued to get richer and more powerful. Even if you have been following El Chapo’s saga there are probably some things that slipped your notice. Check out 10 things you probably didn’t know about El Chapo and tell us what you think.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? El Chapo basically declared war on the Islamic state in early December after the terrorist group apparently disrupted some of his drug shipments. Interestingly, he apparently managed to send an email directly to the leader of ISIS where he pulled no punches saying:
“You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p*ssies. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation. My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a wh*re that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them.”
El Chapo came from a poor family and a tough upbringing from an alcoholic father. It’s said the crime lord first started his drug business when he was 15, with a modest Marijuana farm in order to provide for his family.