(New York, NY-AP) — As drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, awaits sentencing next week, federal prosecutors are detailing his financial worth. Last week they filed a forfeiture request, detailing how the kingpin amassed a fortune by selling unfathomable amounts of drugs.
They say that from the early 90s until his arrest in 2016 Guzman’s drug deals made him more than 12-billion dollars and they want to see it paid back in restitution. On July 17th he is to face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
(Brooklyn, NY-) — El Chapo might be heading to a prison know as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” after being found guilty on all counts in his drug conspiracy and money laundering trial. A former penitentiary warden tells NBC news Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will likely spend the rest of his life cut off from the world at the Supermax penitentiary called ADX Florence in Colorado.
The facility currently houses the Boston Bomber, the Unabomber and a man convicted of attacking the World Trade Center in 1993. The 61-year-old Guzman, who was extradited to the U.S. in 2017, will be sentenced on June 25th.
(New York City, NY-AP) — The jury in the El Chapo trial will be back for a third day of deliberations in Brooklyn. Jurors in the federal trial of alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman concluded their second day of deliberations Tuesday without reaching a verdict.
The jury heard about 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses during the two-and-a-half month trial. El Chapo’s lawyers argue that the real Sinaloa cartel boss is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who bribed the Mexican government to frame Guzman. The 61-year-old Guzman faces life in prison if convicted.
Photo: Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Liskamm points at the accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán while delivering rebuttal during the trial of Guzmán in federal court in New York City on Jan. 31. Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
(New York, NY-AP) — El Chapo’s lawyer claims his client is the ultimate scapegoat of the Sinaloa cartel. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman called the accused Mexican drug lord a “fall guy” in his closing argument today before jurors. Lichtman stated that his client was too broke or too busy hiding to be the all-powerful drug lord people make him out to be.
Instead, Lichtman said Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is the real king pin of the Sinaloa Cartel. Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg delivered the government’s closing argument, saying there’s no doubt El Chapo is the head of the cartel.
Jurors will return Monday to start deliberations in the case. El Chapo faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted.
(New York City, NY-AP) — A major player in Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is telling all in the trial of alleged kingpin El Chapo. Vicente Zambada Niebla testified in a New York City courtroom for over five hours yesterday.
Zambada is the son of cartel leader Ismael Zambada Garcia, and gave details about nearly every aspect of the drug-trafficking operation. According to The New York Times, Zambada shared details about smuggling routes, money-laundering schemes, bloody wars and vendettas, and millions of dollars in bribes.
Zambada’s father is the former partner of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and is still on the DEA’s most wanted list.
(SI) – It’s a life of crime..yes, but captivating nonetheless. He’s the second richest man in Mexico and one of the most powerful in the world. His sons aren’t shy about sharing the luxuries their father’s riches provide.
(SI) – He almost got away with it, but there was only one problem. 57- yer old Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, the world’s most wanted man and Mexican Cartel Leader wanted the world to know his story. El Chapo is the biggest drug lord in history. A multi billionaire that admits to supplying more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.
In an article written by Sean Penn for Rolling Stone, Chapo says, ” I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.” As a matter of fact he sent engineers to Germany to learn how to build the tunnel he used to escape a maximum security prison.
That was 6 months ago and up until now avoiding capture is something he seemed quite skilled at. But the idea of a movie detailing his captivating life would ultimately lead to the end of the fugitive lifestyle that led him out of his spacious mansions and into the confines of a condo/hotel that he shared with his wife and children.
Who is El Chapo? Up until now he called himself a farmer but the world knows that he is the head of the Sinaloa Cowboys – Mexico’s most dominant drug cartel. His organization smuggles multi-ton concaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico and into the United States by air, sea and road. He has distribution cells in the U.S. and drug exports in Southeast Asia.
Why do they call him El Chapo? Because he is only 5’6. It’s a spanish nickname for ‘shorty’.
El Chapo’s net worth? 2009-2011 Forbes magazine ranked the drug lord as one of the most powerful people in the world, the second most powerful in Mexico, just after business tycoon Carlos Slim, who’s worth over 70 billion dollars. El Chapo’s net worth is over 4 billion.
Murderer? El Chapo allegedly has claimed to have directly or indirectly caused the deaths of thousands of people. The Sinaloa cartel is known to be the most ruthless crime organization in Mexico. He will reportedly face federal charges involving money laundering, kidnapping, drugs distribution and violence.
On The Run – El Chapo was jailed in 2001 but managed to escape reportedly with the help of paid guards through either a laundry cart or dressing as a woman. After 13 years on the lam he was finally arrested in Feb. 2014 but managed to break out of a maximum security prison in July 2015, through a secret shower hatch that led to a 1-mile tunnel that had been built leading from his cell to a piece of property outside of prison grounds. His escape was elaborate with lighting, ventilation ducts and a waiting motorcycle.
On Friday, the cartel boss was captured in a daring 4am raid by Mexican marines and was returned to Altiplano jail. The double Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn’s meeting with El Chapo led to the gun battle in which he was captured in Los Mochis Township, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo who befriended El Chapo through social media and letter correspondence when he was incarcerated, brokered the deal for Sean Penn to interview El Chapo Guzmán who wanted to make a film about his life. During a visit to Los Angeles, del Castillo met Penn through mutual friends and discussed El Chapo’s idea for a film and arranged for them to meet.
The sensational meeting took place deep in the Mexican jungle in October and was arranged by Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and a fixer, with the permission of the Sinaloa cartel.
The U.S. has filed at least seven extradition requests in six different states for Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to be extradited but justice officials warned that his lawyers were likely to ‘milk it’ by firing off different appeals at different stages of the extradition battle to prolong the legal tussle.
The Mystic River star said he did not turn El Chapo in because the drug lord’s trust ‘was not to be f***ed with’.
‘I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men. But I’m in my rhythm. Everything I say to everyone must be true,’ Penn wrote.
Penn and del Castillo are now under investigation in Mexico.
And considering the CIA tapped Sean Penn’s devices to catch El Chapo a lot of people are now wondering if Penn set El Chapo up.The Central Intelligence Agency is openly cooperative with Hollywood.
It would hardly be the first time the CIA had tapped a Hollywood worker for their connections to take a different approach in an international political case.
The actor met with the world’s most wanted drug lord in the jungle to ask him questions such as ‘do you dream?’ and ‘how would you define yourself?’
And then just hours after the Sinaloa cartel leader was detained by Mexican marines, the Rolling Stone published a lyrical 10,000-word account of their meeting.
Supposedly the entire ‘clandestine horror show’, as Penn put it, was part of a research project to develop a Netflix-style drama about Guzmán and his prison break.
Though Penn insists he went to extreme lengths to hide the meeting from authorities, the details have sparked widespread speculation that he was in fact tapped by the CIA to locate the fugitive criminal – just as screenwriters were enlisted to make Argo to free US hostages in Iran in 1979.
(Daily Mail) – There’s a $5 Million dollar ransom for his capture and a twitter photo might give authorities what they need to find the world’s most wanted drug lord. The Daily Mail reports Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman may be hiding out in Costa Rica following his dramatic escape from Mexico’s maximum security Altiplano prison in July.
Costa Rican authorities are now investigating whether the boss of the Sinaloa Cartel secretly fled to the Central American nation after his son appeared to accidentally reveal his hideout on Twitter.