Mike Vigil, a renowned former DEA agent, claims that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will never experience freedom again as a judge denies the drug lord’s attempt to appeal his life sentence.

Mike Vigil, a renowned former DEA agent, claims that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will never experience freedom again as a judge denies the drug lord’s attempt to appeal his life sentence.

El Chapo’s Imprisonment and Influence

In 2019, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman received a life sentence, and this week, a judge denied his appeal, affirming the fairness of his trial. Despite twice escaping Mexican prisons, he has been held in the high-security supermax prison in Colorado since then, signaling the end of his once far-reaching influence. Mike Vigil, a former DEA head, believes Guzman’s sway over the Sinaloa cartel has vanished, emphasizing his isolation and lack of communication.

The Changing Dynamics of Cartel Power

While El Chapo’s grip weakens, his four sons, known as Los Chapitos, have risen in prominence within the Sinaloa cartel. Despite their prominence, Vigil argues that targeting them won’t significantly impact the cartel’s operations, citing the overarching power and global presence of the organization. The cartel’s ongoing activities, particularly in producing fentanyl, highlight its resilience and adaptability.

The Role of El Mayo Zambada and Mexico’s Policies

Vigil points out the pivotal role of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada in effectively running the cartel during Guzman’s incarceration. He criticizes Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for his lenient approach toward cartels, attributing the escalating violence in Mexico to this policy. Despite attempts to curb drug trafficking, the cartels continue to operate with impunity, causing widespread violence.

Synthetic Drugs and Cartel Operations

The Sinaloa cartel’s shift toward synthetic drugs, particularly fentanyl, has intensified their impact in the United States. Vigil highlights the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of their production methods, which contribute to the widespread distribution and devastating effects of these drugs in American cities.

Legal Battles and Implications for El Chapo’s Associates

El Chapo’s legal maneuvers, including habeas corpus petitions, have been unsuccessful, leading to his continued imprisonment. Meanwhile, his wife, Emma Coronel, faced a relatively light sentence despite involvement in drug trafficking. Vigil expresses concerns about potential retaliation from cartel bosses against Coronel due to her plea deal and access to El Chapo’s wealth, emphasizing the inherent dangers associated with involvement in cartel affairs.

Coronel’s Vulnerability and Future

Despite Coronel’s release and possession of dual citizenship, Vigil suggests that her association with El Chapo’s fortune and involvement in cartel affairs may pose ongoing risks to her safety, prompting fears of potential retaliation or threats to her life.

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