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NYPD cop garners promotion after helping bring drug kingpin to justice

January 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD cop garners promotion after helping bring drug kingpin to justice

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A 15-year veteran of the NYPD, who assisted in the investigation that led to the arrest and eventual extradition of Mexican cartel kingpin El Chapo, has been promoted detective first grade.

Detective Diana Spangenberg, 39, a member of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in New York, was promoted to the new position at the department’s promotion ceremony at Police Headquarters.

Officials extradited Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the infamous leader of the Sinaloa cartel, from Mexico to New York on January 19th.

Detective Diana Spangenberg with Detective Alexander Sosa at the NYPD promotion ceremony.David McGlynn

Spangenberg was one of the officers who brought El Chapo into custody as soon as he arrived in New York — and acted as a translator for the drug lord when he was being interviewed.

“She was very instrumental in this case,” one source said, noting that Spangenberg had been part of the El Chapo investigation for the past year.

The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force includes members of the NY state police, NYPD, and federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Guzman has become notorious for his Houdini-like escapes from maximum security prisons in Mexico. The 59-year-old kingpin spent months on the lam after a using a motorcycle through a mile-long tunnel to flee from a high-security penitentiary in 2015. He was eventually recaptured following a violent shoot-out.

In 2001, Guzman fled from another jail in a laundry cart.

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