The leader of Mexico’s deadliest drug cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, reportedly threatened ISIS after its militants destroyed one of his shipments sent to the Middle East.
El Chapo apparently wrote an encrypted e-mail to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatening to destroy ISIS if they continue to “interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel,” according to a Mexican blogger with strong ties to the cartel.
“You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p*ssies,” the e-mail stated. “Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”
“My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a wh*re that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
“I will have their heart and tongue torn from them,” the e-mail added.
El Chapo emerged as Mexico’s top drug lord in 2003 and is now considered the most powerful narcotics trafficker in the world, with a net worth of at least $1 billion and a reach surpassing former cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.
The Mexican cartels are trying to expand their business into the Middle East as wealthy, oil-connected businessmen fuel a growing demand for cocaine, ecstasy and other party-based drugs, but ISIS is likely seizing and destroying the drug shipments for not complying with Sharia Law.
The Taliban similarly destroyed Afghanistan’s opium trade during its rise to power, but since then production of opium has reached an all-time high under U.S. and NATO occupation.