By clothing-bag, 05/05/2022
El Chapo allegedly dismembered the soldiers who forced him to pay $500,000 for long underwear
The billionaire leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán was upset when he was forced to shell out $500,000 for a pair of long johns for his son Iván, who was behind bars.
The thermal clothing was intended for his son, Iván Guzmán Salazar, who was serving a three-year sentence for money laundering in the La Palma maximum security prison, where his own father had been imprisoned earlier in the year. ninety.
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In the winter between 2007 and 2008, Iván's cell was so cold that he asked, through various intermediaries in a channel of corruption, that his father, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, send him thermal underwear.
Ivan had already trusted his father in the past.
In 2005, when he was arrested along with three other people and accused of double homicide in the state of Jalisco, he only faced charges of money laundering "thanks to the lawyers hired by El Chapo," Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández wrote in her new book. "Emma and the other women of the narco", published by Editorial Grijalbo.
A few years later, when Iván needed to warm up in prison, El Chapo asked one of his lieutenants, Édgar “la Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, to find out who he had to bribe in the maximum security prison to send his son to him. thermal clothing.
“With a phone call, one of his gunmen found the right person,” Hernández wrote. "A prison guard could take his son's clothes."
The guard charged $100,000 for the favor, but out of greed, the two soldiers who had made the contact decided to ask Chapo five times the requested amount.
They offered to include Barbie in the deal, but "because he knew who he was dealing with," Valdez Villarreal turned the offer down, according to Hernandez.
El Chapo paid the full $500,000 in exchange for a pair of t-shirts and thermal underwear, but then began to investigate.
When Barbie told him what the soldiers had done, the leader of Sinaloa sent a squad of assassins.
The two men were tortured and killed, their bodies dismembered and left outside Mexico City's international airport, according to Hernández.
A few months later, Iván was released, but another son, Édgar Guzmán López, was shot dead in a hail of bullets.
The hit was ordered by El Chapo himself in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, but on this occasion, El Chapo was merciful. “He forgave the assassins and there was no retaliation,” Hernández writes. "The crime of being charged $500,000 for the long underwear was much more serious than the murder of his son."
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