The Mexican drug cartels discussed so much about on the news are much closer to us than it seems. What if you were told they are as close to us Chicago or San Diego? How would this knowledge change how comfortable you are around your town? Many who are living in the hood on the day-to-day may be used to drug trafficking and violence, which is another story, altogether. The Starbucks-drinking, bike-riding, beard-wearing hipsters sure aren’t going to be happy about this news. The streets of some of the most violent, drug-ridden cities are full of “coke” and “boy,” courtesy of our not-so-friendly Mexican brothers. Chicago has been dealing with record high levels of gun violence and death. With the amount of cash flowing through the city’s drug trade, the Sinaloa cartel which is overseen by every dope boy rappers’ beloved Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been eating very well. According to a recent story released by ABC 7 Chicago, the Feds have discovered a sophisticated underground super tunnel pipeline connecting Tijuana in Mexico to San Diego in the United States. From there, it fed cocaine and heroin thru a pipeline directly into Chicago and the Midwest.
Chicago is the major hub for all forms of distribution in the Midwest United States. With Chicago being a major Midwest metropolis, it is the perfect place for any major drug operation to plug into and expand their reach.
Serving the streets by the ton, El Chapo’s cartel took a $6 million loss recently. Federal agents seized 12 tons of marijuana, arrested 22 men and effectively shut down the lit and ventilated super tunnel. The hole at the end of it was 32-35 feet deep, with a pulley system that was used to move drugs through the hole. The total distance of the tunnel was roughly 2,600 feet long, which is equal to eight football fields. Federal agents shut down one of these tunnels a year, which was the longest and most thought out design. The feds have shut down a total of 80 tunnels in the last five years.
El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel has enjoyed a monopoly in Tijuana for a long time, but they are experiencing a mini war of their own. They are feeling the heat from a new competitor in a nearby border town, and federal agents fear that the violence may spill over the border into the United States. Fox 5 San Diego has reported that the feds have recently uncovered tunnels owned by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel around the same time the Sinaloa super tunnel was discovered.
Needless to say, the cartels are busy all across America, with border towns such as San Diego right at the front lines, and the Midwest is a gold mine for suppliers. So with this amount of product flowing into a major city, why is it getting worse in Chicago specifically? It may seem like more work makes more money and less violence. The dope game doesn’t always work that way.
El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel has monopolized the supply chain of drugs into the city causing fierce competition to make a profit. Their price changes have been a direct link to the increased gang violence in a city that has a long history of gang culture and influence. So when there’s only one plug that keeps raising the price on your packs, what is the next logical step: Grab more territory to push on to raise your profits that keep dropping due to wholesale prices that change whenever the plug feels like it. The problem gets worse when the next gang pumps there and there you have a recipe for murder.
With the New Jalisco Cartel breathing down the neck of the Sinaloa Cartel, this monopoly may soon be over. What will the result of that be? Will prices drop? Will they be even more ruthless than the previous cartel? Either way, bodies will end up being dropped first. So, as you can see, the blood spills from the top down. Hopefully, this love affair with Chicago ends with more left of it than new condos, displaced citizens in extreme poverty and El Chapo, or the next cartel leader, hitting another billion dollars. The last thing the world needs is another Forbes list cartel family. Hopefully, San Diego doesn’t become the new active war zone on American soil. There is enough blood in the soil to last a few lifetimes.