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Monday February 24, 2014

Blog del Narco: The Family History of the Notorious El Chapo

Blog del Narco: The Family History of the Notorious El Chapo

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera had at least nine children with three women. One of them, like one of his brothers children was killed. Other family members have been arrested and remain under surveillance by Mexican and U.S. authorities. El Chapo, was arrested Saturday by Mexican marines in the resort city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

From Guzman’s first marriage, to Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernandez in 1977, he had two children:  César Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo.

With his second wife, Griselda López Pérez (also known as Karla Pérez Rojo) he had four children: Joaquin, Edgar, Ovidio, and Griselda Guadalupe.

In 2007, El Chapo married his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a native of Durango, and niece of his former partner Ignacio Nacho Coronel.  Cornel died in 2010 in a military operation in Zapopan, Jalisco.

Emma Coronel, hails from El Chapo’s home state of Sinaloa.  The couple has twin daughters, Maria Joaquina and Emali Guadalupe, born in August 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

These are the children that are publicly known of, thus far.

El Chapo’s son- Edgar Guzman Salazar was shot along with his companions in the parking lot of a mall in Culiacan, Sinaloa, in May 2008.

In a ballad published after the death of 22-year-old Guzman Salazar, singer Lupillo Rivera tells a story that on May 10 you could not find a single red rose in Culiacan because all were sent to the son of the “Lord of the Mountain”. In the song, Rivera mentions the name of Edgar Guzman.

The case against Ivan Archivaldo

El Chapo’s other son, Archivaldo Ivan Guzman Salazar, nicknamed El Chapito, was arrested in 2005 in Zapopan, in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, and accused of laundering money for the organization led by his father.

He was released in April 2008 after the Mexican government failed to prove his guilt.

The judge who issued the release, Jesus Guadalupe Luna Altamirano, was then subject to an investigation for alleged irregularities.

Goodbye brother and collaborator

On September 21, 2001, almost eight months after the infamous escape of Guzman from Puente Grande prison, authorities arrested El Chapo’s brother, Arturo Guzmán Loera, in Mexico City.

Chicken, as he was known, had assumed the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel while his brother remained imprisoned.

In 2004, the former head of logistics for Chapo’s brother was killed inside prison with a gun smuggled into the prison.  He was shot while talking to his lawyer.

Jose Ramirez Villanueva, the alleged shooter, was unofficially linked to the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

Another brother goes to jail

Miguel Angel Guzman Loera, “El Mudo” was arrested by the Mexican Army in Culiacan in June 2005, while celebrating his daughters Quinceanera.

The Ministry of Defense accused El Chapo’s brother of the movement of drugs and money “in bulk” from the Sinaloa cartel to the United States.

In August 2008, Miguel Angel Guzman was sentenced to 13 years in prison, a sentence that he is currently serving in the Altiplano prison, in a special area that as of Saturday he shares with his brother, according to a report from Millennium TV.

The arrest of Wife Griselda

IIn May, 2010 federal agents arrested Griselda Lopez, the second wife of Guzman, at her home in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

The PGR said at the time that records indicated that Lopez expenses were much higher than her income from income reported to the Treasury. Lopez, however, was released after making a statement to an agent of the federal prosecutors.

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