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The untouchable fortune of 'El Chapo' Guzmán (and other unknown treasures)

Since his first escape from a maximum security prison in 2001, to this date, the authorities have barely seized three jewels, two vehicles, one house, eight ammunition clips, one grenade, 171 munitions and four items, among other goods of lesser value from the mythical chief of the Sinaloa Cartel. After his extradition, the United States is now going after his fortune. But it is not the only case that needs to be amended. Nearly 200 requests for information to the Mexican State reveal that, even if the criminal organizations get beheaded in the War against Drugs, their wealth and financial structures remain almost intact, little of it is confiscated, but even less thereof is publicly known.

8/3/2017 1:59:27 PM

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Part one | Since Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán escaped for the first time from a maximum security prison in Jalisco, western province of Mexico, the Attorney General's Office has not fought the financial structure of his powerful cartel, Sinaloa's, or his personal fortune, calculated at $21.6 billion. This is demonstrated by documents of the Federal Prosecutor's Office.

His first escape was in January 2001. He was then recaptured in the port of Mazatlan in February 2014 and imprisoned. He managed to escape for the second time going through a tunnel in July 2015. He evaded the penitentiary system over and over again and then he was recaptured in early 2016.

Surprisingly, a year later, the Mexican Government decided to extradite him to the United States one day before Donald Trump took over the presidency, on January 20, 2017.