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Younger brother of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman released from prison

May 2, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Younger brother of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman released from prison

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Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, the brother of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, was released from prison after serving over a decade for drug trafficking-related offenses.

The brother of ‘El Chapo’ was arrested in 2005 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for money laundering. An appeal saw his prison term reduced to 11 years four months and 11 days.

Lawyers for Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, also known as ‘El Mudo,’ confirmed his release from the Altiplano maximum security prison after completing his full sentence, Proceso reported.

The 49-year-old was housed at the facility during the same time his older brother Joaquin was in custody following his capture in February 2014 and up until the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel famously escaped from the prison through a 1.5-mile tunnel in July 2015.

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Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, brother of Chapo. Photo: El Universal

After the infamous jailbreak, Mexican prison officials ordered the transfer of several high-profile inmates to different prisons around the country.

The brother of ‘El Chapo’ was sent to a penitentiary in Oaxaca. However, a judge granted an appeal filed by ‘El Mudo,’ which ordered his return to the Altiplano, where he served out the remainder of his sentence.

‘El Mudo’ had also filed for early release because he was not charged with organized crime offenses, but a federal court denied the motion.

The release of Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera coincides with the recent sentencing of ‘El Chapo’s’ father-in-law.

A federal judge sentenced high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel operator Ińes Coronel Barrera, father of Emma Coronel Aispuro – the wife of Joaquin Guzman – to ten-years in prison last week for drug trafficking and organized crime offenses.

Meanwhile, since Guzman’s apprehension in 2016 and recent extradition to the United States, another of ‘El Chapo’s’ brothers Aureliano Guzman Salazar, alias ‘El Guano,’ has emerged as one of the top leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel along with the drug lord’s sons.

Joaquín Guzmán remains in custody at a federal holding facility in New York City, where he awaits trial on a 17-count indictment accusing him of organized crime, drug trafficking, murder, and money laundering.

If convicted, Guzmán faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, which would be served at the ADX Florence Colorado Supermax Prison.

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