Joining his first cartel in 1980’s, El Chapo quickly climbed the ranks of cartel hierarchy. Under his leadership, the Sinaloa Cartel became one of, if not the strongest, cartel in Mexico. With El Chapo as their leader, the Sinaloa Cartel developed new and creative ways of getting drugs into the US. One such method was catapulting.
The cartel would load bundles of drugs into high powered catapults and simply launch them over the border wall. From there, the drugs were picked up by drug traffickers on the American side where they loaded the drugs into trucks and distributed them into cities, destroying lives, families and economies. The fact that a cartel can simply catapult drugs across and over border walls is a perfect example of why a larger, thicker and taller border wall would not work, as the catapults would only need to become slightly stronger to throw drugs over the wall.
El Chapo is not only known for his massive and successful drug cartel, but for his daring and creative prison escapes as well. To date, and that must be emphasized, El Chapo has escaped two maximum security prisons. He first escaped by hiding in a laundry cart that was pushed out of the prison in 2001.
The whole ordeal, including the massive and extensive bribing campaign reportedly cost 2.5 million dollars.
El Chapo was again apprehended in 2014 while he was staying at a beach resort in Mazatlán Mexico. After spending a little more than a year in prison, El Chapo escaped through a tunnel below his shower drain. The tunnel was nearly a mile long and was equipped with air ventilation, lights, and a motorcycle.
That same year, El Chapo was confident enough to allow the Hollywood Actor/Director, Sean Penn, and Mexican actress, Kate del Castillo, interview him for Rolling Stone magazine. During the interview, El Chapo claimed to have “a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats" at his disposal.
Unfortunately for El Chapo, he was recaptured the next year and extradited to Brooklyn where he would stand trial. He has since been found guilty of numerous offenses, most of which constitute a life in prison.
El Chapo has left a substantial mark on the world, and not a good one either. Like his predecessors, El Chapo has yet again fallen victim to his own actions but unlike Pablo Escobar, El Chapo will, unless he escapes, pay dearly for it in an American prison. In the end, the only walls preventing Mexican immigration and drugs are the walls of the Colorado supermax prison, which, unlike Trump’s proposed walls, successfully contain and control the problem, instead of throwing money at it.