The Sinaloa Cartel is presently in disarray and the money has dried up in the Neighborhoods of Chicago. Will home invasions, bank robberies, carjackings and small business takeovers rise in Chicagoland while gangs try to boost the bottom line?
There is a citizen blogger in Chicago that doesn’t hold back much about the news of violence in Chicago. Vic Maggio, who publishes Maggio News, gets to the scenes of Chicago shootings before the messes are cleaned up. While explaining the neighborhoods, Maggio shares the scenes with his videos on a YouTube Channel “Bloody Chicago” and puts at least part of the chaos in perspective.
Maggio News Explains Cause and Effect
YouTube Publisher “Maggio News” (Vic Maggio) explains that alleged drug traffickers Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores, who are now in the Federal Witness Protection Program, moved over $2 billion in drugs in Chicago, and that money is dried up and evaporated now that the twin brothers are out of circulation, and now that notorious El Chapo Guzmán and upper echelon distributors are in custody.
Maggio explains that the Flores twins got their start in the gang-infested Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. They were discovered by law enforcement and flipped on their Sinaloa drug cartel employers. More than half of the estimated $65 billion worth of illegal cocaine, heroin, and other narcotics that Americans buy each year entered the United States from Mexico, and is believed to have been distributed by the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Pedro and Margarito Flores ran with the Latin Kings gang and developed ties to a wide network of Hispanic and black dealers across the Midwest and east coast, and even Asian customers as far away as Vancouver, Canada, according to Maggio News.
Their family, especially their father Margarito Flores Sr. (first arrested March 1981 after selling 11 pounds of heroin to an undercover federal agent), had a long history of moving wholesale quantities of heroin and cocaine for various Mexican cartels for two decades. He was also known for smuggling people into Chicago in his double life, while working a modest living at the Brach’s candy factory, where he worked a forklift.
Before law enforcement caught up with the Flores twins, three key figures in distribution were arrested — Serafin Zambada, Vicente Zambada, and Ismael Zambada. The three brothers are now in federal custody awaiting drug trials.
Drug deals were recorded between El Chapo and the Flores twins, and Pedro and Margarito are waiting to testify against El Chapo and the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Federal agents wanted to evacuate the extended Flores family from Mexico, but Margarito Flores Sr. was livid to learn about the cooperation of his sons with authorities. Flores Sr. returned to Mexico, was kidnapped in the Sinaloan desert, and is presumed murdered.
El Chapo Guzmán
El Chapo Guzmán was first captured in 1993 in Guatemala, and extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking. After bribing prison guards, El Chapo Guzmán was able to escape from a federal maximum-security prison in 2001. He was wanted by Mexico, the United States, and by INTERPOL. The U.S. offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture, and the Mexican government offered a reward of 60 million pesos (approximately US$3.8 million). El Chapo Guzmán was arrested a second time by Mexican authorities in Mexico on February 22, 2014. He was found inside a fourth-floor condominium in Mazatlán, Sinaloa (the cartel’s namesake Mexican state on the Pacific coast), and was captured without any gunshots fired. Guzmán escaped from prison again on July 11 2015 by exiting through a 0.93 mi tunnel that led to a construction site. El Chapo was recaptured by Mexican marines and Federal Police following a shootout on January 8, 2016. On January 19, 2017, Guzman was extradited to the United States to face criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa cartel.
According to authorities, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, was branded Public Enemy No. 1 for controlling 70 to 80 percent of the narcotics trade and fueling street-gang violence in the third-most-populous U.S. city — Chicago. In 2013, the Chicago Crime Commission named “El Chapo” Guzmán “Public Enemy Number One” for the influence of his criminal network in Chicago, though there is no evidence that “El Chapo” Guzmán has ever been in the City of Chicago.
Zambada Brothers, Sons of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada
Serafín Zambada was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the border crossing in Nogales, Arizona on November 20, 2013.
Vicente Zambada was arrested in Mexico City March 19, 2009 and extradited to the United States in February 2010.
Ismael Zambada Imperial, ‘Mayito Gordo’ was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa on November 12, 2014 by Mexican Special Forces.
After five decades of drug trafficking, Ismael ‘el Mayo’ Zambada has never been in jail. Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, an agricultural and botanical expert, assumed full command of the Sinaloa Cartel in January 2016 after El Chapo was captured.
According to Maggio News, the Sinaloa Cartel is presently in disarray in Chicago, and the money has dried up in the Neighborhoods of Chicago. Residents in the city and suburban residents could suffer as gang members try to make up for losses, and try to “earn.” Maggio expects an increase in home invasions, bank robberies, carjackings and small business takeovers, as these crimes are all on the rise here in Chicago already. Maggio says that with only four weeks until the Memorial Day weekend, the weekend stats of this past weekend are just a preview of what is to come this summer.
See also …
Michael Tarm (February 15, 2013). “Who is ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, Public Enemy Number One?”. The Christian Science Monitor
Jason McGahan (September 17, 2013) Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago Chicago Magazine
Keegan Hamilton (November 16, 2014) Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin’s ‘Chubby’ Son Lived Large on Twitter Before He Got Busted VICE NEWS
Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner (May 7, 2015) A dad’s influence: How the Flores twins learned the drug trade at home Chicago Tribune
Tania L. Montalvo (January 11, 2016) Cinco décadas sin ser atrapado: así es ‘el Mayo’ Zambada, líder del Cártel de Sinaloa Animal Politico [En Español, English Translation Required]
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The Sinaloa drug cartel is the largest cartel in the world, and it’s estimated to rake in $3 billion a year. VICE News visited Mexico’s Golden Triangle, the stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, just days before the extradition of drug lord El Chapo.