Black Youth Murders in Chicago Being Driven by Mexican Drug Cartels

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The two Mexican couriers were hauling a tractor-trailer full of cash: $3 million collected for drugs sold on the streets of Chicago. Juan Gonzalez and David Zuniga were driving their rig throughIndiana in October 2011, transporting the money to Mexico. As they stopped to fix a flat tire, three members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s biggest street gang, held them up atgunpoint.

 Jack Riley, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for a five-state region that includes Illinois and Indiana, says Guzman supplies most of the narcotics fueling Chicago’s violence. Photographer: Jon Lowenstein/Bloomberg Markets.
Harold “Noonie” Ward, a former Gangster Disciples leader, says he helped develop drug routes in the 1990s that Guzman has taken over. Today Ward is chief executive officer of Block 8 Productions LLC, a record and film company. Photographer: Jon Lowenstein/Bloomberg Markets

The gang had bought the drugs — and now these members wanted the money back. They pistol-whipped and handcuffed Zuniga. As the gangsters were hooking their own purple Kenworth cab to the money-laden trailer, Gonzalez fled through a cornfield and called the police.

After a 15-mile chase north along Interstate 65, lawmen intercepted the rogue truck, arrested the gang members and recovered the loot, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its October issue.

Gonzalez, who worked for Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, made a surprising request that fall day: He wanted proof for cartel leaders that police had confiscated the $3 million.

“He knew, without a receipt, they’d kill him or his family in Mexico,” says Jack Riley, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for a five-state region that includes Illinois and Indiana.

Such is the fear that Guzman inspires on both sides of the border. Operating from heavily guarded compounds in the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico, Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel supplies 80 percent of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine — with a street value of $3 billion — that floods the Chicago region each year, the DEA says. Job seekers in Guzman’s 150,000-strong enterprise must list where their relatives live.

Get Shorty

As far as the authorities can tell, 5-foot-6-inch (1.68-meter) Guzman, a grade school dropout known as El Chapo (or Shorty), has never set foot in Chicago.

Yet during the past seven years, Guzman, who’s now in his late 50s, has seized control of the supply and wholesale distribution of drugs in Chicago and much of the Midwest.

This steady flow of dangerous substances is sparking pitched and often deadly turf wars between Chicago’s splintered, largely African-American and Latino gangs.

“Most of Chicago’s violent crime comes from gangs trying to maintain control of drug-selling territories,” Riley says. “Guzman supplies a majority of the narcotics that fuel this violence.”

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  1. Wow! The gangster life is a bitch! Why would you want to be involved in this type of life, where you can trust no one and at the same time destroying your own race which includes yourself! Most of you have no type of education and the sad fact is if you are selling, it is to take care of your habit, therefore you have nothing but an ongoing high to show for your life here on Earth! How sad!

  2. Unfortunately, these people have no hope of a better life. Without hope, you’re nothing more than walking dead.

  3. These events are by-products of a ‘bigger’ picture event thats taking place right in front of everyone’s eyes, its called American foreign-policy being dictated by “big-money interest” over the so-called ‘elected representatives’ in Washington, D.C. Being “distracted” by the circumstances taking place in Chicago and other major metropolitan centers across the U.S. is what this “smoke & mirrors” is all about, while we all fight amongst ourselves for jobs and limited resources to survive, the “big boys” (multi-national corporations, globalist, etc.) through policies like the ‘North American Free-Trade Agreement” (NAFTA) that exploits low-wage workers in Central and South America, undermine the indigenous farmers and workforce which drives these poor souls north (across U.S. border) to find work, and creates huge void whereby illegal drug cartels is established and is the ‘one source’ for wealth and survival. And the black and brown community suffer from the “fall-out” from not being politically engaged in the political discourse for domestic and foreign-policy. The truth shall set you free!

  4. This man is so powerful that he has plants in the police force of Chicago and in other high places of the political echelon, that he can run his drug cartel like a high-stakes Fortune 500 corporation in Chicago from Mexico. He is so ruthless that nobody ever things of double crossing him. Even the ATF, the police force, federal prosecutors are intimidated by this drug kingpin. So, instead of going after him, they go after the little man on the streets. No wonder so many are being murdered in Chicago in these Black Recession!

  5. Rev. George Brooks

    Just one question: Where are the black leaders, big and small, male and female, of Chicago? Hiding behind a flock of chickens down in the hen house. — Rev. George Brooks

  6. There is enough natural animosity between African Americans and Mexicans without the media trying to start and to fuel additional beef. Knock it off.

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