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U.S. Customs official rejects claims made by “alleged” daughter of El Chapo

May 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Customs official rejects claims made by “alleged” daughter of El Chapo

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A top U.S. government official says federal law enforcement agencies have found no evidence substantiating claims made by the alleged daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman entered the U.S. while he was on the run following his July 11th, 2015 prison escape from a maximum security prison.

Richard Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) testified on Capitol Hill earlier this week before the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee.

According to El Universal, He was asked by Committee Chairman, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley (R) about the explosive allegations made by Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz, the California business woman claiming to be the daughter of Joaquin Guzman.

In an interview with The Guardian in the U.K. Guzman-Ortiz said ‘El Chapo,’ at the time the most wanted fugitive in the world, had secretly entered the United States on two occasions at the end of 2015 to visit relatives in California.

Mexican Marines captured Guzman in the seaside town of Los Mochis in January after he managed to pull off his second escape back in July from the Altiplano maximum security detention center located west of Mexico City.

Kerlikowske, who was appointed Commissioner of Customs by the Obama Administration 2014, disregarded the comments and said officials haven’t found any proof collaborating the allegations made by the drug lord’s daughter.

“I can say that we investigated the allegation thoroughly, and we have not found a single piece of credible evidence besides this statement Guzman Ortiz made to a reporter, that he had entered the country,” Kerlikowske told the committee.

The top law enforcement official added, “Certainly I cannot say with absolute authority that it did not happen. Simply, we haven’t found a clue or shred of evidence that those events ever occurred,”

Kerlikowske said “he didn’t know when asked whether the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had interviewed Rosa Isela Ortiz-Guzman, but stated in any case; questioning would have corresponded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“I’ll gladly find out,” said Kerlikowske, which drew a stern response from Sen. Grassley, “If they did not it would have been very sad.”

Ortiz-Guzman further alleged in the interview that her father paid off top political figures in Mexico in return for protection.

“All I know is that my dad told his lawyer to deliver some cheques to [a politician’s] campaign, and asked that he respect him,” she told The Guardian.

Whether or not Ortiz-Guzman is the daughter of the infamous leader of the Sinaloa cartel is open for discussion.

Guzmán is believed to have fathered multiple children with several women. However, after the interview, Emma Coronel, the wife of El Chapo, penned a written letter to a news outlet in Mexico stating that neither she nor her husband had no idea who Ortiz-Guzman was.

“Joaquín told me [after his recapture in January] that this woman started writing him letters saying that her mother had told her that he was her father. It was the first time he had heard of her,” Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel, wrote in a letter released after The Guardian published the interview.

Coronel further stated that Guzmán’s sisters also hadn’t heard of the woman either. Guzman-Ortiz has maintained she is the eldest daughter of El Chapo and even told the Guardian she offered to take a DNA test to confirm her identity.

Meanwhile,  speculation mounted in the media this week over ‘El Chapo’s possible extradition after authorities transferred Guzman last week, under heightened security to a detention center on the border, located 15 miles from the city of Ciudad Juarez, which sits just across from El Paso, Texas.

However, officials in Mexico maintain the Guzman’s change of prisons was due to security protocols and not his pending transfer to the United States.

“Guzman faces numerous drug trafficking offenses in several U.S. jurisdictions, including the districts of Arizona, southern California, western Texas, northern Illinois, South Florida and in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

The first indictment against El Chapo was unsealed in San Diego back on September 28, 1995, when he along with 22 other members of the Sinaloa cartel were charged with conspiracy to import more than eight tons of cocaine to the United States, along with money laundering.

U.S. officials submitted a formal request for his extradition to the Mexican government via a diplomatic note on June 25th, 2015.

Officials in Mexico confirmed on Monday that a judge recently greenlighted Guzman’s extradition and referred the case to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who have less than two weeks to issue a decision.

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