Photo: DEA: Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Driver's License
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman who has a $7.5 Million bounty on his head and runs the Sinaloa cartel reportedly has a U.S. driver’s license issued in California.
According to the investigative report, “The Hunt for El Chapo Guzman, Mexico’s Most Elusive Drug Lord,” by the Univision network, Guzman obtained a driver’s license under the alias of Max Aragon in 1988. He obtained the license even though he was a wanted man by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a Mexican national.
The driver’s license information is part of a confidential file the DEA keeps on El Chapo. The year-long investigative piece unveils the driver’s license that bears the name of Aragon with Guzman’s picture and correct physical description. There is no report if the driver’s license has been successfully renewed.
All of this begs the question - how did he obtain the license?
Reportedly the license was used by Guzman to obtained auto registrations for two Corvettes purchased in Los Angeles that were then given as gifts, possibly bribes, to several public officials in Mexico.
Guzman has numerous connections to California including building most of the narco tunnels between California and Mexico. Late last year, his pregnant daughter, Alejandrina Guzman, was arrested for trying to enter the U.S. through San Diego with false documents. One of Chapo’s grandchildren was born in the U.S. as well as two of his children.
Emma Coronel, who married Guzman in 2007, gave birth to twin girls on Aug. 15, 2011, at a hospital in Southern California. The former beauty queen gave birth at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster and left the father’s name blank on the girls’ birth certificates. Coronel, who is a U.S. citizen, was not arrested because she faces no charges in the United States.
The U.S. government considers the capture of Guzman mission “priority” because Guzman is the leader of the world’s most powerful criminal organization that is the largest exporter of illegal drugs to the U.S.