How much is the cartel worth?
The cartel was led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was Mexico’s most-wanted drug trafficker with an estimated net worth of U.S. $1 billion.
Who is the number 1 cartel?
As of 2021, the Sinaloa Cartel remains Mexico’s most dominant drug cartel. After the arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the cartel is now headed by Ismael Zambada García (aka El Mayo) and Guzmán’s sons, Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, Ovidio Guzmán López and Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar.
How did the cartels make money?
The simplest trade-based method is to convert money into a commodity. Drug traffickers do this by buying such easily sold items as clothes or electronics from a legitimate company in the U.S., and then selling the items on the other side of the border for pesos.