There are many inspiring stories about great parents whose children continue to sow positive seeds to benefit mankind and society. Here’s one that is the exact opposite. Former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was a despicable person serving a life sentence in prison, and his sons haven’t fallen far from the family tree.
While the old man made a fortune and left a bloody trail of dead bodies providing cocaine to the United States and beyond, his sons have pivoted the business into cheap fentanyl — establishing a network of labs that produces this inexpensive but oh-so-lethal opioid.
Because of the destructive nature of the opioid crisis in the U.S., which is fueled by fentanyl, there are politicians that believe drug cartels should be branded as terrorist organizations. Some even believe military intervention is needed.
Alejandro Hope is a security analyst and a leading voice and once said that we have it wrong by thinking the fentanyl crisis is a drug problem.
“The problem with fentanyl, as some people at the State Department told me, has to be repositioned. It’s not a drug problem; it’s a poisoning problem. Very few people go out deliberately looking for fentanyl.”
Hope also believes Fentanyl will be an issue that takes sinter stage for the 2024 elections; the problem is that serious. Consider this — a single cartel “cook” can turn fentanyl into 100,000 pills every day that look like Xanax, Percocet, or oxycodone. It is incredibly cheap to make, which means these cartels are making huge profits on the deadly, counterfeit drugs.
The U.S government is going after the younger Guzmans. Prosecutors unsealed an indictment last month that lays out the details of this sick group, known for ruthless violence and using kidnapped rivals as guinea pigs that they pump with fentanyl until the overdose.
According to an AP story, the enforcers of the cartel are Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán Salaza — they are the lead defendants along with 21 others charged.
Over 107,000 Americans suffered fatal drug overdoses in the past year, more than the total deaths in the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars combined, and most of those died from synthetic opioids.
The DEA seized over 57,000 million fentanyl-laced prescription pills last year.