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Mexican drug lord “Chapo” Guzman owned a bigger fleet of airplanes than some major airlines: Report

May 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord “Chapo” Guzman owned a bigger fleet of airplanes than some major airlines: Report

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman wasn’t kidding when he told Sean Penn in the Rolling Stone interview before his arrest, “I have fleets of planes and submarines,” he used to transport drugs all over the planet.

In the same interview, Guzman boasted to Penn how he “provides more cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine than any other person in the world.” Now a new report shows how he certainly had the means to move massive amounts of narcotics.

Information released by the Mexican government has revealed that the infamous drug kingpin owned the largest fleet of airplanes in Mexico, even bigger than Mexico’s major airlines.

According to El Universal newspaper, citing information provided by the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), between 2006 and 2016 authorities seized a total of 599 aircraft owned by the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, compared to Aeromexico, the country’s flagship airline, which operates just 127 airplanes.

Additionally, over that period, law enforcement destroyed 4,771 airstrips belonging to the vast network of clandestine runways operated by Guzman’s criminal organization.

The information details how “El Chapo” utilized ultralight planes, the most popular being the Cessna’s small, piston-powered aircraft that could transport up to 500 kilos of drugs per trip and is capable of taking off on short runways.

However, Guzman also had American-made planes in his fleet including Gulfstream, Beechcraft, Piper, and Rockwell, El Universal reported.

The Sinaloa Cartel’s operations even developed numerous air routes, which generally ended in Mexico’s Golden Triangle, located in the mountains of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua, according to Sedena.

Since Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto assumed office, authorities in that country have uncovered 894 clandestine airstrips on the Mexican-U.S. border.

Sealed testimony filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago in late 2014 revealed that “El Chapo” also owned a fleet of Boeing 747 jets along with freight trains,submarines, speedboats and tractor trailers.

Although “El Chapo” remains in prison, the Sinaloa Cartel continues to be the No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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