Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is facing life in U.S. prison for his life-long criminal career.
The drug lord runs the largest cartel group in the world and has notoriously escaped Mexican prison twice. He arrived in court on Friday in Brooklyn, pleading not guilty to overseeing his multibillion-dollar empire.
The Sinaloa is responsible for moving over two-hundred pounds of cocaine throughout the U.S., gaining over fourteen-billion dollars in profit.
Robert Capers, a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York said at a conference, “Who is Chapo Guzman? In short, he’s a man known for no other life but a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he’ll have to answer to that.”
Last Thursday, he arrived at MacArthur Airport in Long Island after flying from Juarez, Chihuahua, a province of Mexico. His cartel is currently operating out of that city.
Some of Guzman’s U.S. crimes are money laundering, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and murder. He also established drug distribution groups in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Texas and California and created “massive money-laundering efforts that delivered billions of dollars in illegal profits generated from the cocaine sales in the United States to the Mexican traffickers and their Colombian partners,” according to a twenty-six mem of law that has tracked Guzman’s progress since the eighties.
The U.S. did in fact assure Mexican officials that Guzman would not face execution due to the fact Mexico has outlawed capital punishment.
The Sinaloa Cartel, oversaw by El Chapo, runs the largest cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine smuggling operation in Mexico. The ongoing drug war in Mexico is responsible for over one-hundred-thousand deaths.
U.S. prosecutors told MSN, “Guzman and the Sinaloa cartel had a veritable army, ready to war with competitors and anyone Guzman deemed to be a traitor.”
Last year, he had escaped a high-security penitentiary in Central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel. The event caused a stir among social media and created much controversy on Mexican prisons. The escape was the second of his life and many brought up the corruptibility of the Mexican police.
However, U.S. officials did not state where he would be held while awaiting his trial, but that Guzman would not escape.
Special Agent Angel Melendez from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said at a conference, “I assure you, no tunnel will be built leading to his bathroom.”