The sons of infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman reportedly put up banners banning the production and sale of fentanyl in one Mexican state. It could help the U.S. with its fentanyl problem.
El Chapo’s Sons and Their Massive Drug Operation
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman might be serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison, but his sons have reportedly helped to keep the family business going.
The four sons, who go by the nickname “Los Chapitos,” are involved with their father’s Sinaloa Cartel and continue to make millions by producing and selling drugs.
A Drug Empire Fueled by Fentanyl
According to reports, El Chapo’s sons have helped usher in a new era for the Sinaloa Cartel by figuring out how to capitalize on the fentanyl craze.
A Potential Ban on Fentanyl?
El Chapo’s sons might be looking to shake things up soon, though. They’ve allegedly put up banners in Sinaloa banning the production and sale of fentanyl.
A Stern Warning
The banners let it be known, in no uncertain terms, that those in Sinaloa are now prohibited from having anything to do with fentanyl.
“In Sinaloa, the sale, manufacture, transport, or any other business dealing with fentanyl is strictly prohibited, including the sale of chemicals used to produce it,” the banners said. “You have been warned. Respectfully, Los Chapitos.”
Is the Ban Real?
There is, however, some skepticism over whether or not the banners that were purportedly put up by El Chapo’s sons are real. Mexican authorities haven’t yet confirmed their legitimacy.
There Could Be Truth to the Banners
Several sources have spoken with U.S. media outlets in recent days and revealed that the banners are, in fact, real.
They’ve also claimed El Chapo’s sons are serious about their fentanyl ban.
What Happens Next?
If the fentanyl ban that El Chapo’s sons have instituted is legit, it could have a lasting impact in Mexico, the U.S., and other parts of the world.
But experts have already warned it could take time for the ban to produce results.
Fentanyl Might Not Go Away Immediately
The Sinaloa Cartel obviously isn’t the only cartel in Mexico, so there is a chance other cartels could continue to make and sell fentanyl even if the Sinaloa Cartel stops doing it.
The Sinaloa Cartel could also continue to sell it in other parts of Mexico other than Sinaloa.
Is This All an Act?
Some people are worried the Sinaloa Cartel might just be putting on a performance rather than actually banning fentanyl.
It Could Be a Well-Orchestrated Ploy
The thought is that El Chapo’s sons might be feeling pressure from the Mexican government because of all the problems fentanyl is causing in the U.S.
It could be why they’re making such a spectacle of their fentanyl ban.
It Could Also Be a Distraction
El Chapo’s sons might also simply be trying to stay off the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s radar.
The DEA has offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest of two of the sons.
How This Could Help America
If the Sinaloa Cartel’s fentanyl ban is serious, it could help the U.S. out in a huge way.
Fentanyl has, of course, turned into a big problem in the country in recent years, so a fentanyl ban would be major.
Fewer Overdose Deaths
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75,000 fentanyl overdose deaths occur each year. A ban on fentanyl in Mexico could bring that number down.
A Better Relationship Between the U.S. And Mexico
El Chapo’s sons could also improve the relationship that exists between the U.S. and Mexico by banning fentanyl. It may help the two countries get on the same page when it comes to their collective war on drugs.
A Brighter Future
Fentanyl has destroyed thousands of families in the U.S. and other countries. A ban on it in Mexico could give thousands of other families more hope for the future and prevent them from having to experience the grief that comes along with fentanyl overdose deaths.
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