Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán points fingers at what seems to be the real masterminds behind the drug trade on both Mexican and United States borders. This revelation comes five years after the kingpin was incarcerated in a U.S. prison.

According to Business Insider, the former Sinaloa Cartel boss - through his lawyer Mariel Colón, said authorities would have to go after "politicians on both sides of the border” if the drug war is to be stopped. He went on to add that authorities have put away alleged leaders for years but it does little in the effort to cease the drug trade. However, if they turn their sights on politicians who permit illegal activity, the result would significantly differ.

Colón said that El Chapo is aware that he may be just a tool for the U.S. and Mexican governments. Colón mentioned that every U.S. president has his trophy. For former President Donald Trump it was El Chapo, and current President Joe Biden just as much has his own trophy - remarking "It's always been just politics."

In 2019, El Chapo, now 65 years old, was sentenced to life in prison on multiple drug-related charges. He is currently being held at ADX Florence, a "supermax" facility in Colorado. The drug lord receives only an hour outside a day and is granted only a 15-minute phone call once a month with only three people, namely his mother, one of his sisters, and his youngest child.

In 2020, El Chapo’s legal team submitted an appeal claiming their client was being put through inhumane conditions, however, a federal judge has since dismissed the charges. U.S. officials take great care in isolating the drug lord to prevent any chances of escaping and conducting any illegal activity while imprisoned.

Reports said that despite El Chapo’s incarceration, his business has shown no sign of decline but is rather booming with border security confiscating larger shipments of illegal drugs every year. Jesus "El Rey" Zambada — the youngest brother of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who is the supposed leader of the Sinaloa cartel alleged on the witness stand that "the real leaders" of the cartel were Mexican government officials and U.S. law enforcement.

A costume and a mask representing Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka 'El Chapo'
A costume and a mask representing Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo", are pictured in a factory of costumes and masks, on October 16, 2015, in Jiutepec, Morelos State. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images

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