"El Chapo" Guzman, with help of Chicago twins, pumped heroin, coke into Chicago for years
Margarito and Pedro Flores turned on the drug lord and became informants
Ex-detective: Guzman's imprisonment and recent escape have not affected flow of narcotics from cartel into city
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be far from the streets of Chicago, but he has run them for a long time.
As much as 80% of the illegal narcotics in America’s third-largest city come from Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel, said Art Bilek, a retired Chicago detective who spent 60 years in law enforcement.
“Guzman is the reason you’ve got kids fighting over just one corner, and shooting each other,” he said.
Much of the gun violence in the city can be traced to drugs that come from Sinaloa, the region of Mexico where “El Chapo” was born to a poor rural family and rose to lead a global network of smugglers, dealers, assassins, corrupt politicians and paid-off police.
“Guzman has hurt everyone – the users in the city and the suburbs, the innocent bystanders, the kids who get wrapped up in gangs,” said Bilek, who ran the nonprofit Chicago Crime Commission, one of nation’s oldest civic anti-crime organizations.
Sinaloa’s Chicago-based loyalists, led by eccentric twin brothers who were Guzman’s best traffickers, helped the cartel make billions of dollars by pumping multiple tons of their product – heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana – into the city.
Jack Riley led Chicago’s Drug Enforcement Administration office for years. Now the deputy administrator of the DEA in Washington, Riley told CNN that Guzman had an “ability to enter in partnerships, businesses, with nearly 150,000 street gang members who make their living putting heroin and cocaine and meth on the stree