Chicago’s local gangs have powerful competition: The Sinaloa Cartel. The organization is considered the most powerful drug trafficking group in the world. They’re highly organized, heavily armed and utterly ruthless. Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has made Forbes’ list of the most powerful people in the world since 2009. Chicago is an ideal hub for anyone looking to control the United States drug trade, much like Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez – A notorious Cartel battleground over which the Sinaloa Cartel waged a bloody but ultimately successful war against its rivals.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, owns the Chicago-area drug game.
Sinaloa members have embedded themselves in the city’s robust Hispanic population, employing tens of thousands of local gang members to push all kinds of drugs in the streets.
And Illinois’ highways allow for distribution across the Midwest, making it a hub for North America’s staggering meth problem.
A new report by John Lippert, Nacha Cattan, and Mario Parker of Bloomberg details just how dominant El Chapo has become:
“Operating from heavily guarded compounds in the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico, Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel supplies 80 percent of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine — with a street value of $3 billion — that floods the Chicago region each year, the DEA says.”