Gangs & Organized Crime
Netflix Announce Release Date For New El Chapo Series

Fans of Narcos will be pleased to know they can fill the void Pablo Escobar left behind with another King of Narcotics – El Chapo.

Uproxx reported that Camila Jiménez Villa, President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion Media Group, described the show, which will be titled ‘El Chapo’, in the following statement:

“This series pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating criminals of our time by combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers.”

She continued, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to share this boundary-breaking new series with a global audience.”

The series will premiere on Univision channel late April this year and then Netflix will stream the show shortly after.

El Chapo and the $50 Million Escape Plan

Mexican billionaire, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was the leader of world’s biggest narcotics cartel. In 2009, he featured on Forbes’ billionaire rich list with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, his inclusion angered many Mexicans who saw this as glorifying a feared criminal – considering he has the blood of almost 70,000 people on his hands.

On 22 February 2014, El Chapo was captured and sent to a maximum-security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico – he was flown there directly by a SWAT team in a Black Hawk helicopter, as the chances of an ambush were extremely high.

The prison is notoriously restricted – the cells do not have windows, inmates are not allowed to interact with one another, and there is no permission to contact family members.

Then in January 2015, El Chapo successfully escaped through a custom-built, mile-long tunnel. The tunnel had been constructed with adequate ventilation, a motorcycle was attached to rails at the end of the tunnel and the exit had been hidden under an unfinished home.

Pablo Escobar’s former top hit man, Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, estimated that the total cost of bribes to prison officers and government officials would have been around the $50 million mark.

Execution of a Judge

37-year-old Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, a federal judge who presided over Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s case, was shot and killed while jogging outside his home in October 2016.

Zacarias had been a federal court judge since 2013 and in March last year, the judge suspended the extradition of drug kingpin El Chapo. According to the New York Daily News, alongside El Chapo’s case, Zacarias also presided over challenges from lawyers for Miguel Trevino. More commonly referred to by his alias Z-40, Trevino is a former Mexican drug lord and leader of the criminal organization known as Los Zetas.

Luis María Aguilar Morales, president of the Mexico Supreme Court, said in a statement, “We have already been in contact with the competent authorities to immediately investigate this case and have it resolved.”

He continued, “Federal judges are people who devote their lives, their personal integrity, moral and physical, to administering federal justice and are required to have the security and tranquility that their independence guarantees.”

Although authorities have not yet confirmed a motive for his death, local media released the footage of the brutal assassination, which can be seen below.

In broad daylight, Zacarias can be seen wearing jogging clothes, as cars pass by, the assasin runs behind him, and shoots him directly in the head, before turning and running away. Zacarias died on the way to hospital.



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