Sun-Times: A Maywood Drug Dealer’s Arrest Led Feds To ‘El Chapo’

Friday, January 26, 2018|| By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Christopher Baines, left, and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. 

According to a Chicago Sun-Times report published Jan. 28, the arrest of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera — one of the biggest drug kingpins in modern history and one of the world’s most wanted men — was sparked roughly a decade ago, when a Maywood man sold some drugs to an informant.

“One of the biggest drug investigations in history began in Chicago with less than two ounces of heroin,” the Sun-Times reports.

“On a hot summer day in 2007, a west suburban drug dealer named Christopher Baines sold a plastic baggie containing 50 grams of the brown, powdery stuff to a government informant near Cicero and Chicago avenues on Chicago’s West Side.” 

Thomas Shakeshaft, the former assistant U.S. attorney who investigated Baines, described the mid-level drug-dealer to the Sun-Times.

“Chris Baines was known to DEA as a Traveling Vice Lord — not necessarily a full-on member of the gang — but he was a significant narcotics trafficker on the West Side and lived in Maywood,” Shakeshaft says.

“And, like a lot of these cases, DEA got started looking at somebody that they know about. And the case agent had a cooperating source who could buy into Baines. And that’s how we work these things.”

Read the full Sun-Times story hereVFP 

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