Reacting to the news that the world’s most wanted drug kingpin has been finally captured, the Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sees better things ahead amid reports of illegal drug activities of the powerful Mexico-based international drug syndicate in the country.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. was referring to the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, after 13 years on the run.
The Sinaloa Drug Cartel is based in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. It is a dangerously powerful international drug trafficking organization which claimed thousands of lives in drug turf wars and primarily responsible for smuggling and distribution of multi-ton quantities of narcotics, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, into the United States. The Sinaloa Cartel is also into laundering millions of dollars in criminal proceeds from illegal drug trafficking activities that spanned continents.
“Guzman was arrested in an early morning raid on a seaside hotel-condominium located in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, Mexico. He owned one of the most powerful and deep-seated drug cartels for a long time, was arrested, but managed to escape from a high-security prison in 2001,” Cacdac said.
Guzman’s Sinaloa Drug Cartel has found Asia, particularly the Philippines, being an archipelagic country demarcated by porous borders and bodies of water, as a possible market and transshipment point for methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu. They have gained foothold here as evidenced by the confiscation of some P420 million worth of shabu, during a joint PNP-PDEA Christmas Day raid in a game fowl ranch in Lipa City, Batangas where the seized illegal drugs are said to have originated from Mexico.