Officials believe he played a role in orchestrating Guzman’s first escape from prison in 2001. But before joining the cartel, Damaso was a part of the state prosecutor’s office in Sinaloa, a top figure in the administration system for the country’s prisons, proving an overlap between the world of Mexico’s authorities and the criminal world. Lopez is “responsible for multiple-ton shipments of narcotics from Mexico into the United States,” authorities say. The Sinaloa drug cartel was destabilized after their former boss Guzman was extradited to the US. It has been controlled now by Lopez, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia and Rafael Caro Quintero, and Guzman’s son Ivan Archivaldo Guzman. Guzman faces several charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering but he has pleaded not guilty.