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Feds: alleged mistress of ‘El Chapo’ will stand trial in D.C. on drug trafficking charges

July 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: alleged mistress of ‘El Chapo’ will stand trial in D.C. on drug trafficking charges

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The conspiracy case against drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s mistress will be heard in Washington, D.C., a grand jury indictment filed on Monday revealed.

Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 28, has remained in custody in San Diego since her arrest on June 21st at the Cross Border Xpress. She was arrested for conspiracy to distribute over 5 kilos of cocaine — an accusation that stemmed from a U.S. probe into the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The investigation is partly based on wiretaps caught by federal agents in Arizona. Rather than try the case in California, it has been refiled and will be prosecuted by the Department of Justice’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in D.C., according to San Diego’s Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Mellor.

U.S. authorities arrested Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez, former Congresswoman of Sinaloa last month attempting to smuggle drugs over the border

Sánchez pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday. A hearing has been scheduled for July 27th to transfer her to the District of Columbia, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Sánchez, a former legislator in Sinaloa and long alleged to be the girlfriend of “El Chapo” is accused of helping communications between the drug lord and the upper and lower echelons of his trafficking organization. She is accused of organizing the flow of illegal funds to the cartel via texts.

The investigation noted that she told a cartel associate who was cooperating with U.S. authorities that she was Guzmán’s mistress and that she was with him when he fled from a Mexican police raid in February 2014.

Sanchez was the alleged mistress of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, pictured after his extradition back in January

Sánchez is also being investigated in Mexico and was charged with using a fake ID to see Guzmán in the Altiplano prison outside in 2014. Sánchez has publicly asserted that the woman on the jail’s security camera is not her, and also denied allegations of Guzmán’s mistress.

After she had been arrested in San Diego in June, her Mexican attorney told the Union-Tribune that she came the U.S. — not aware that the State Department had revoked her visa — to seek asylum for her and her family.

However, that was never discussed by lawyers in court in San Diego. Prosecutors said at an earlier hearing that after she was arrested at the Cross Border Xpress, she attempted to run back to Mexico to evade capture. U.S. Customs and Border Protection tackled her to stop.

A federal judge in San Diego denied her request for bond.

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