Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Convicted El Chapo faces rest of his life behind bars

“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo found guilty, faces life in prison
Andrew Cummings | 14 February, 2019, 01:40

Guzman, was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel.

According to the CNN, the Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the United States.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

To facilitate that supply chain, prosecutors said Guzman paid millions in bribes to corrupt officials, from the local level all the way up to the federal and foreign governments.

Dubbed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" after the prison in San Francisco that held the notorious gangster Al Capone and other criminals, the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, was built to house the most unsafe inmates.

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Despite the bloody details that emerged from the 11-week trial, with testimony from more than 50 witnesses, many locals continued to laud him as a modern-day Robin Hood, overlooking the murder and mayhem he left behind. "Indeed, I have long called for building a wall as a necessary step in defending our border".

- Ordering subordinates to carry out killings. The value of that property is believed to be as high as $14 billion. A hiccup with one of the jurors - who was dismissed over anxiety about the trial - delayed the start of opening statements.

Lichtman also reassured members of the jury, whose identities were kept secret during the trial for thier protection, that they have nothing to worry about. Heavily armed federal officers and bomb-sniffing dogs have patrolled outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. Prior to that, he was known for a series of audacious escapes from Mexican prisons.

For the first time, Guzman was taken to a prison in Mexico in 2004; however, he escaped in 2001 after hiding in a laundry cart. Marines caught up with him in January 2016 in the coastal city of Los Mochis.

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