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Drug lord “Chapo” Guzman likely to face trial in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn

February 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Drug lord “Chapo” Guzman likely to face trial in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn

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Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who currently sits in a Mexican prison, where he awaits extradition to the United States, will more than likely face trial in the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, New York.

A law enforcement official in New York revealed the news to-JammedUp News.

Mexican Marines recaptured Guzman in a daring pre-dawn raid on January 8th in the town of Los Mochis in his home state of Sinaloa.

Last month, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to speed up the extradition of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world, “as soon as possible.”

El Chapo faces numerous drug trafficking indictments in several U.S. districts including Brooklyn, Chicago, Manhattan, Miami, San Diego, Washington D.C. and El Paso.

However, a law enforcement source told the news station the reason El Chapo would be tried in Brooklyn is because the Eastern District has the strongest indictment against the powerful drug lord.

U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment in 2014, which charges Guzman with leading the Sinaloa cartel, an organization that is responsible for the importing of multi-ton quantities of narcotics into the U.S. and for years was the largest supplier of cocaine and heroin to the New York City metropolitan area, which includes New Jersey.

Guzman also faces 13 counts of murder, the attempted murders of Mexican police officials, soldiers, and rival cartel members along with the laundering of billions of illicit drug proceeds.

“The Sinaloa cartel’s drug sales in the United States generated billions of dollars in profit,” which were then laundered back to Mexico; prosecutors stated in the indictment.

Guzman had brazenly admitted to actor Sean Penn in the now famous interview published in Rolling Stone magazine, “I supply more heroin, more methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana than anybody else in the world.”

The drug lord’s contact with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn helped authorities track the fugitive’s location, which led to his eventual capture.

Guzman has sent signals through an attorney that he would be willing to plead guilty in the U.S. if he avoided serving his prison sentence in a 23-hour federal lockdown.

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