The Sinaloa cartel 'time bomb' in the US
This problem has not been solved by the arrest of El Chapo in Mexico. There is also the issue of getting him extradited, tried and sent to a Super Max facility if found guilty. Chicago needs more police walking the streets to put a force to space ratio on the ground that can limit the movement of the gangs.
Last year, CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian interviewed a Chicago drug trafficker who worked closely with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa cartel. The man, who we will call "Señor X," knows the methods, operations, and cruelty of the Sinaloa cartel, first hand. Only part of Keteyian's interview with Señor X was aired on 48 Hours "War in Chicago" program in May 2013. Señor X had more to say about the Sinaloa cartel.
According to Señor X, "In California, Chicago, (Sinaloa) is very strong... they know Chicago well. They know it's a good market for drugs. The people that they have here, they have a lot of trust in them. And they're a part of the organization.... The heroin is coming to Chicago, they're transporting it in small quantities... five, seven kilos."
Keteyian asked Señor X just how powerful is the Sinaloa cartel's influence is in Chicago? Señor X answered, "It's very strong and it's getting worse. There's people in Chicago who have a relationship with gang members. The cartel is, the cartels are, have direct contact now with the gang members... The cartels, for example, Sinaloa cartel recruit the gang members and now they have direct contact with the gang members in the United States. And the worst part of it is that they're armed. It's only a, it's a time bomb."
Keteyian then asked, the Chicago gangs - estimated to be 100,000 strong - are they doing the cartel's business? Señor X emphatically said yes, "They are one in the same."
Señor X explained to Keteyian where Chicago's heroin was coming from in Mexico and how the drug's potency has been boosted. Señor X said, "It's a better product, but they used to be a black heroin. Now they refined it more. It's, like the China white, but now it's China white, Mexican. They call it 'concrete.' And they bring a lot of heroin from Guerrero (Mexico). That's the place where they produce it more, and it's a better quality."
And the Sinaloa cartel is still in the marijuana business. They even buy from legal growers in the western United States, according to Señor X. He told Keteyian, "A lot of marijuana in California in the mountains. And here, in Chicago, as well. They're lookin' for places where they can cultivate it. And when it's ready, they cut it. In areas where it's legal, like Denver, there's many people that they're cultivating more, and they sell it to narco traffickers, so they can bring it to Chicago."