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Drug lord El Chapo faces tour of federal courts after he is extradited

January 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Drug lord El Chapo faces tour of federal courts after he is extradited

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Once Mexican authorities extradite recently captured Sinaloa cartel leader “El Chapo” to the United States, he could face a nationwide tour of federal district courthouses and lock ups where he is under numerous indictments.

Guzman faces a litany of charges in seven jurisdictions from New England, New York, Chicago to southern California.

“El Chapo” is accused in every case of conspiring to smuggle 500-plus tons of cocaine into the US as the boss of the Sinaloa Federation.

The Indictment he faces out of Brooklyn’s Eastern District is the most profound with 21 felony counts that would see him spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The feds accuse “Shorty” of trafficking more than $14 billion worth of heroin, cocaine, meth and marijuana into the U.S. between 1989 and September 2014, which is the date the indictment was unsealed.

The indictment also accuses Guzman of directing an army of trained “sicarios” or assassins to commit thousands of murders, assaults and kidnappings to further his criminal organization.

Among the countless killings are 12 murders listed in the indictment, including the 2008 assassination of Roberto Velasco-Bravo, a high-ranking Mexican law enforcement official, who was ambushed by two hitmen outside his Mexico City home and executed with a gunshot to the head.

The indictment further accuses El Chapo of the 2004 execution of Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes, after a dozen hitmen shot him over 500 times in the parking lot of a movie theater.

Fuentes was the youngest brother of rival Juarez Cartel boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes known as Lord of the Skies for his use of 747 jumbo jets to transport cocaine from Colombia. The brutal slaying would ignite a well-documented violent war between the Sinaloa cartel and Carrillo Fuentes organization for control of the Juarez border crossing.

Guzman faces several other indictments in the federal district courts in Manhattan, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Concord, NH, and in El Paso, Texas, where the charges include the assassination of a Sinaloa drug trafficker, which carries the death penalty.

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