Notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman told authorities that he is just a farmer who makes 20,000 pesos ($1,500 U.S. dollars) per year, according to a transcript of statements he gave the day after being arrested last month.
“I’m a farmer,” the 56-year-old told investigators when asked his profession, according to documents obtained by Excelsior.
Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel is Mexico’s dominant drug trafficking organisation. It supplies an estimated 80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine (street value: $US3 billion) that enters the Chicago region each year.
Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramirez, a former army commando known as El Condor,
told authorities that he and Guzman had been using tunnels and drainage ditches to move between five safe houses in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, over the past three years.
Ramirez also reportedly said that Guzman always had two planes on standby to fly him anywhere and switched his Blackberry mobile phones every week.
Nevertheless, El Chapo told authorities that he doesn’t “belong to any cartel or have any cartel,” that he doesn’t own a phone or email, and that he planted corn, sorghum, and safflower.
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