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Feds: Vast government corruption was cornerstone of ‘El Chapo’s’ success: Feds

January 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Vast government corruption was cornerstone of ‘El Chapo’s’ success: Feds

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Documents filed by Brooklyn Federal Prosecutors in the continuing case against Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman revealed that the foundation of the drug kingpin’s success was corruption within the Mexican government. ‘El Chapo’ even managed to have Mexican law enforcement escort his drug loads throughout Mexico.

Guzman is the notorious leader of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, which is a criminal organization considered by the U.S. Department of Justice as the largest and most profitable drug trafficking group in the world.

The drug lord was extradited last week from Mexico to the U.S. where he is facing six separate indictments which accuse him of charges including murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and others.

Guzman pleaded not guilty to the 17-count criminal indictment last Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Guzman was escorted by an army of federal agents to a New York City federal holding facility late Thursday night

Durig the hearing, Justice Department prosecutors unsealed various documents arguing that ‘El Chapo ‘ should remain in custody without bond until his trial.

One of the documents illustrates the rise of the Sinaloa Cartel under the leadership of ‘El Chapo’ from a small smuggling organization into the world’s leading drug cartel.

The documents demonstrate how ‘El Chapo’ increased his power in Mexico based on a strategy of taking advantage of the widespread corruption throughout the country.

According to the indictment, vast corruption within the Mexican government and law enforcement agencies was the cornerstone of ‘El Chapo’s’ strategy.

“Guzman control of corrupt government officials at all levels of Mexico and other foreign governments through bribery,” Prosecutors wrote in court filings.

“Officials were paid cash bribes to protect cocaine shipments from South America which are transported through Mexico to northern border towns and through border crossings into the United States.”

Guzman pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment on Friday

One case exemplified in the document included a particular shipment of drugs receiving law enforcement protection in exchange for $1 million.

Prosecutors described the Sinaloa cartel as a confederation of autonomous, organized criminal drug tracking groups working in collaboration, sharing intelligence, smuggling routes and a vast network of corrupt political officials.

Moreover, the federation has managed to flourish despite the arrest of Guzman by maintaining a horizontal leadership structure.

Each syndicate has a boss who sits on a leadership board that would conduct business and settles disputes, and ‘El Chapo’ was the chairman of the board of sorts within the cartel command structure.

The documents also reveal how Guzman used paramilitary forces of heavily armed cartel assassins to overtake the territories of others igniting fierce turf wars. The violent war in Ciudad Juarez and the bloody struggle in Tamaulipas between the Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels have been blamed on El Chapo.

“These violent conflicts spilled over into the United States, endangering members of law enforcement working at the border and families living nearby,” the documents stated.

Guzman is expected back in court on February 3rd.

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