How much money has been seized from “El Chapo”?
How much money has been seized from “El Chapo”?According to an investigation by the Excelsior newspaper, the authorities have seized just over 41 million dollars in eight years
If it is difficult to know how much money Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has, it is even more complicated to know how much has been seized by the authorities. But according to information published by the Mexican newspaper Excelsior, the blow dealt to the capo’s finances should not have worried him too much.
According to this publication, between 2008 and 2011, the Mexican authorities managed to seize just over 41.5 million dollars in two homes in Tijuana (Baja California) and Culiacán (Sinaloa) that belonged to the drug trafficker.
This sum would represent a minimum amount with the fortune that the leader of the Sinaloa cartel is estimated to have accumulated. Although there are no confirmed figures, the most repeated amount is the one published by the prestigious Forbes magazine, which between 2009 and 2011 placed him among the wealthiest with a fortune of about 1,000 million.
To the initially secured figure, we must add about 150,000 dollars that, according to Excelsior, were seized after his second arrest and after the recapture operation. In total, in eight years about 41.6 million dollars.
The newspaper’s investigation revealed that from February 22, 2014, until now, the prosecutor’s office (Attorney General’s Office) has managed to secure 137 assets, excluding weapons.
These properties, always according to the newspaper, are distributed as follows:
- 51 vehicles
- 23 properties
- 4 ranches
- 11 light aircraft
- 3 clocks
- 4 items
- 32 communications equipment
- A cell phone
- a landing strip
- Two aircraft engines
- a closed circuit
- two fuselages
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was able to escape from the maximum security prison of El Altiplano where he has held thanks to his wealth, amassed by the control he maintains over drug trafficking in the United States.
As stated by the Mexican prosecutor’s office itself in the investigation to determine how he had managed to escape again, Guzmán paid ” a very large amount of money .” However, the authorities acknowledged their inability to know “the exact amount.”
During the operation in Los Mochis that finally ended up returning the capo behind prison bars, the authorities were also able to remove eight weapons, ammunition, a rocket launcher tube, and four vehicles, including two armored vehicles. In addition, one of the rifles belonged to the secret operation that the United States mounted known as “Fast and Furious”.
In addition, in Mexico a few days after falling into the hands of the agents of the Navy, the authorities announced a seizure of 27 birds, 21 of them exotic such as macaws, cockatoos, and peacocks. All were found at the Los Ciruelos ranch, located in Culiacán.
The taste for exotic animals on the part of the trafficker is not new. In 1993 – and according to press reports cited by AFP – 1993, when he fell for the first time, the authorities were astonished to find a zoo on one of his properties. In it, they found none other than bears, cougars, jaguars, Arabian horses, tigers, lions, deer, reindeer, sheep, ostriches, llamas, and peacocks.