Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “escaped” from a Mexican prison this week. If you’re wondering who this “El Chapo” is and how this news affects your life in any measurable way, fret not. CNN is here to answer all of your questions.
As much as 80% of the illegal narcotics in America’s third-largest city come from Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel, said Art Bilek, a retired Chicago detective who spent 60 years in law enforcement.
“Guzman is the reason you’ve got kids fighting over just one corner, and shooting each other,” he said.
Much of the gun violence in the city can be traced to drugs that come from Sinaloa, the region of Mexico where “El Chapo” was born to a poor rural family and rose to lead a global network of smugglers, dealers, assassins, corrupt politicians and paid-off police.
“Guzman has hurt everyone — the users in the city and the suburbs, the innocent bystanders, the kids who get wrapped up in gangs,” said Bilek, who ran the nonprofit Chicago Crime Commission, one of nation’s oldest civic anti-crime organizations.