México City - Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán biggest fear is not his enemies: its returning to prison. To avoid this, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel surrounds himself with a group of 30 sicarios at all times. This forms his primary security zone and whenever they coordinate his movements, it looks like a military operation is underway.
His personal bodyguards are dressed in camouflage as well. When he is visiting the area known as the Golden Triange (Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango), the objective is to have as many escape routes as possible, in case of any confrontations with the real military.
This information was received from Manuel Fernández Valencia (a), La Puerca, friend and business associate of El Chapo Guzmán who confided in him: "I know prison...its the worst thing that could exist and I'm never going back"
Joaquin Guzmán Loera has been a fugitive since2001 when he escaped from a prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco. This incident happened under the watch of the Vicente Fox administration.
La Puerca commented that the Sinaloa cartel leader has grown accustomed to living in fine houses within the Golden Triangle. The houses are crafted from the best materials available, the roofs are camouflaged with dirt and debris to look like the ground below, in order to escape detection when military and police helicopters fly over the properties.
Despite these measures, El Chapo doesn't feel totally secure in the Golden Triangle and moves constantly throughout the area, to avoid detection by the authorities.
According to previous testimony from La Puerca, Alfredo and Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, sons of El Chapo, hold high level positions withing the Sinaloa cartel.
The last time he saw El Chapo was four months ago, he had to submit his request to see Guzam to Alfredo Guzmán. After arriving to the general rendezvous point by an airplane to Culiacán; he then rode in a vehicle for one hour through the sierra desert before arriving to the meeting place. 45 minutes of that part of journey was done on 4 wheelers.
After Fernández Valencia was apprehended in Culiacán, there was an initial rescue attempt that resulted in an armed confrontation with federal agents.
La Puerca is currently facing extradition to the U.S. He has been wanted in the state of Illinois for cocaine distribution since 2009.
The authorities have identified him has one of the principal coordinators for the CDS in the area of drug smuggling into the U.S.