19 Feb ‘El Chapo’ Convicted in NY Court
Last Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was convicted on a number of criminal charges and sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. Being a border state to some of the most prolific drug cartels in Mexico, this came as welcome news in our sunny state of Arizona.
Here are the details of the case and sentencing:
Guzman’s was the leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in the world, the Sinaloa Cartel, which controls roughly 50% of the drug trade in Mexico. His crimes spanned more than 25 years. Over that time he exported drugs from South America into the United States by almost every means imaginable: planes, submarines, underground tunnel systems and food transportation trucks.
Back in January 2016, Guzman was captured for the third time by Mexican law enforcement. He was handed over to US authorities the following January 2017 to be tried in a US district court where several states held indictments against him.
His long-awaited trial finally arrived in November of 2018 held in the Eastern District of New York. And on February 12, 2019, he was convicted of 10 counts including conspiracy to launder narcotics, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
Considering that the infamous ‘El Chapo’ has successfully escaped prison twice before and that he likely has hands and eyes of companions everywhere waiting and willing to help, he will likely spend the rest of his days in a Supermax prison in Colorado.
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