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Mexican politician to stand trial for jailhouse affair with El Chapo

June 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican politician to stand trial for jailhouse affair with El Chapo

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A legislator in Mexico is facing time behind bars for using a fake ID to visit Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán during his 17-month stay prior to his escape last July.

Lucero Sánchez López was stripped of her immunity by Mexico’s Congress so she can face trial for falsifying documents. Sánchez, who is 27-years old, is a deputy from El Chapo’s home state of Sinaloa and now faces up to 12 years in prison if she is found guilty.

Authorities released a picture that shows the young politician flashing a fake ID at a security camera when she visited the convict back in 2014 at the Altiplano maximum-security prison.

According to Vice News, investigators found the woman’s real ID outside the safe house in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis, which is the same town in which El Chapo escaped from a special forces operation back in January.

Although he fled through a tunnel into the drainage system, he was captured just a few hours later when he was attempting to flee in a stolen car, which ended his 6-month stint as an escaped convict.

The media has scrutinized Sánchez over her links with the infamous drug lord; many have also reported that the two engaged in a romantic relationship.

Sánchez denied ever meeting with Guzmán, refuted claims that Chapo is the father of her two children, and also dismissed that she ever received money from Chapo to fund her electoral campaign.

Federal deputies have argued over whether Sánchez should be prosecuted, however, the local deputy posted on Facebook that she is confident that she will get justice, saying “Since the start of this whole thing there has not been a single piece of evidence against me.”

This is not the first time a politician from Sinaloa has been accused of meeting with drug lords. It is not in itself a criminal act, however, politicians do not tend to advertise these links. Furthermore, Chapo’s infamy has meant that others appear keen for the world to know that they did meet with the drug lord.

The day after Chapo was recaptured, Rolling Stone published a story by Sean Penn who detailed a visit with the drug lord back in October 2015 which was organized by Kate del Castillo, the Mexican telenovela

Emma Coronel, Chapo’s common-law wife, has also consulted with the media regarding her meetings with Guzmán while he was a fugitive. Another woman living in the U.S., who claims she is El Chapo’s daughter, said in a March interview with the Guardian that Chapo visited her and her son twice in California.

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