Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison. A defiant Guzman took a parting shot at a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, accusing him of making a mockery of the U.S. justice system in refusing to order a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct.
An Italian mob boss, who had been imprisoned in Uruguay since 2017, escaped from jail overnight as he was waiting to be extradited back to Italy, the South American country’s interior ministry said on Monday. Rocco Morabito had been the most wanted fugitive member of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful organized crime group and one of Europe’s biggest importers of South American cocaine.
Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, who once headed a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal counts against him. US District Judge Brian Cogan confirmed the verdicts with each of the eight women and four men on the jury, telling them later their conduct on the panel “made me very proud to be an American.” One of Guzmán’s lawyers described him as “extremely upbeat” after the verdict.
New York City is preparing for an unprecedented police effort as the trial for the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is set to begin on Tuesday in Brooklyn. Guzman faces a 17 count indictment which spans nearly 30 years of alleged criminal activity. Guzman is accused of running the Sinaloa cartel.
Federal authorities in New York announced charges against Honduran congressman Midence Oqueli Martinez Turcios for being a member of a violent drug trafficking organization which ships cocaine into the US. Turcios denies being a part of the Cachiros organization. Turcios is the second Honduran congressman indicted on drug trafficking charges in NY federal court.
The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo”, is set to start on Monday in New York. According to the indictment, the Sinaloa cartel, which Guzman is accused of leading from 1989 to 2014, became “the largest drug trafficking organization in the world”. Guzman who escaped twice from Mexican prisons is charged with 17 counts, including murder conspiracy, drug-trafficking, and money-laundering.
US authorities discovered a secret 600-foot drug tunnel running from a former KFC in Arizona to Mexico. The building’s owner Ivan Lopez was arrested and found with over $1 million in drugs during a traffic stop. Lopez faces federal charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.