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Financial operator who helped finance El Chapo’s daring 2015 prison escape faces new charges

July 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Financial operator who helped finance El Chapo’s daring 2015 prison escape faces new charges

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A federal court in Mexico City issued a new detention order for the man who allegedly helped finance the 1.5-mile tunnel used in the July 2015 prison escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo’ Guzman.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office charged Manuel Rodolfo Hernández Trillo, a businessman and reputed financial operator for Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, on a litany of financial crimes stemming from the kingpin’s now famous flight from prison.

Trillo Hernández had faced charges for “knowingly’ using illicit funds to finance Guzman’s escape along with acquiring money and property by using false identities, in addition to using shell companies to launder $48 million in illegal proceeds for the Sinaloa Cartel over the course of a five-year-period.

According to Univision, prosecutors have now charged Trillo Hernandez, who was arrested in Puebla back in August of 2015, with the transfer of illegal funds using the country’s financial system.

The escape of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel highlighted the vulnerability of Mexico’s prison system and the level of corruption of the Mexican authorities. It was also viewed as a worldwide embarrassment for the Mexican government.

Guzman currently sits in a prison in Northern Mexico awaiting extradition, which was approved back in May. However, in recent weeks, a judge temporarily halted Guzman’s transfer pending the outcome of a number of appeals filed by the drug lord’s attorneys, which is in contrast with a previous ruling issued by another lower court approving “El Chapo’s’ extradition.

As a result of the disagreement among the lower courts, Mexico’s Supreme Court Justice of the Nation will determine which lower court will review the request by the drug lord’s legal team to block his extradition.

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