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El Chapo Gets a Life Sentence for Running the Deadly, Highly Profitable Sinaloa Cartel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, best known internationally as “El Chapo,” was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York to life, plus 30 years to run consecutive to the life sentence.

“The long road that brought ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera to a United States courtroom is lined with drugs, death, and destruction, but ends today with justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski in a statement.  “Thanks to the unflagging efforts of the Department of Justice and the law enforcement community over the past 25 years, this notorious leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the Western hemisphere, the Sinaloa Cartel, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

El Chapo was convicted in February of heading up the Sinaloa Cartel and trafficking drugs and a murder conspiracy. He has been the subject of a popular made-for-TV series on Netflix.

Evidence during trial showed that he was the principal leader of the cartel responsible for importing and distributing more than a million kilograms of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin in the United States.

The evidence, according to the Justice Department, included testimony from 14 cooperating witnesses, including Sinaloa Cartel members Rey and Vicente Zambada, Miguel Martinez, Tirso Martinez, Damaso Lopez and Alex Cifuentes; narcotics seizures totaling over 130,000 kilograms of cocaine and heroin; weapons, including AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher; ledgers; text messages; videos; photographs and intercepted recordings that detailed the drug trafficking activity of Guzman Loera and his co-conspirators over a 25-year period from January 1989 until December 2014.

A number of co-conspirators testified during trial that El Chapo directed his hitmen to kidnap, interrogate, torture and slaughter members of rival drug organizations. At times, he carried out acts of violence himself.

He also  relied on a vast network of corrupt government officials and employees to protect and promote the interests of the Sinaloa Cartel.

 

Federal Authorities Worried El Chapo May Try to Break Out of U.S. Prison

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are worried convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be planning another jail escape.

It wouldn’t be a first. Guzman, who is lodged at a federal correctional facility in New York after being convicted on 10 counts of drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder, escaped two Mexican prisons in the past.

Those fears have prompted prison officials to deny requests from El Chapo’s lawyers to prove at least two hours of outdoor recreation every week for the former ringleader of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as access to other accommodations like earplugs and access to the commissary.

“Violate the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment as well as the fundamental norms of human decency,” his lawyers wrote to a judge in recent weeks, ABC30 reports.

Federal officials pushed back, citing fears of another breakout.

“He sees the window closing because he’s about to get sentenced,” said ABC News Consultant and former FBI Agent Brad Garrett. “Maybe he thinks that his best chance to get away again would be while he’s still in New York.”

Federal Jury in New York Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ on All Counts

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, NBC News reports.

A federal jury in New York convicted El Chapo, 61, on all 10 count after a trial that lasted almost three months.

After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.

 

Ex-DEA Official: Sean Penn Should Be Behind Bars for ‘El Chapo’ Stunt

Sean Penn and “El Chapo,” via Twitter.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jack Riley, the former number 2 guy at the DEA, has never been one to mince words. In this case, he’s got some strong ones for actor Sean Penn. He thinks the actor should be behind bars for interfering in the apprehension of the drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“Oh, my God! If I could get my hands on Sean Penn!” Riley tells the N.Y. Post.  “The people he put at risk because of that stunt. He should be in jail.”

The Post explains:

On Oct. 2, 2015, Mexican marines were finally closing in on the drug lord. They had tracked him to a rugged hilltop compound in La Tuna. Just as the order was about to be given to move in, two people inexplicably arrived: Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo, a Mexican soap opera actress who had praised Chapo online. The two were there ostensibly to speak to Guzman about making a film of his life, but Penn later published an infamously softball interview with the kingpin in Rolling Stone.

Fearing the actors would be caught in the crossfire, commanders ordered the marines to stand down. The military waited for the celebrities to leave and, instead of going in on foot, chose to attack by helicopter. They lost the element of surprise, and El Chapo escaped again.

In 2015, Riley was named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year. 

El Chapo Accused of Raping and Drugging Teen Girls

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The nasty world of drug lord Joaquin Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” continues to surface in New York.

The latest: Prosecutors in his trial on Friday night, just before jury deliberations are to begin, unsealed secret documents revealing accusations that El Chapo routinely raped girls as young as 13 years old, sometimes drugging them by placing “a powdery substance” into their drinks, the New York Times reports.

Mr. Guzmán’s lawyer, A. Eduardo Balarezo said his client denies the allegationsunted the accusations, issuing a statement on Saturday that said: “Joaquin denies the allegations.”

Balarezo noted that the claims “lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial.” He added: “It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations.”

 

Jury to Decide El Chapo’s Fate After 35 Days of Surreal Testimony

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The fate of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is now in the hands of a jury.

The jury heard 35 days of surreal, outlandish and often gruesome testimony from 56 government witnesses.

The seven women and five men on the jury are expected to begin deliberating Monday to determine whether the notorious 61-year-old conspired to murder countless rivals, traffic nearly 450,000 pounds of cocaine and launder millions of dollars.

During close arguments Thursday, Guzman’s attorneys told the jury to dismiss the government’s case because it relies on witnesses who “lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people,” NBC News reports.

Prosecutors said the trial provided an “avalanche of evidence” to prove Guzman’s guilt.

Guzman stayed quiet during the trial and declined to testify in his own defense.

“Señor judge, me and my attorneys have spoken about this,” Guzman said, “and I will reserve.”

His life is now in the hands of a jury.

El Chapo Trial: How the FBI Cracked Sinaloa Cartel’s Sophisticated Communications System

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

When the FBI couldn’t crack the Sinaloa cartel’s encrypted messages, agents did the next best thing: They went after the tech guru who built the sophisticated communications system.

Cristian Rodriguez began cooperating with the feds in 2011, handing them the encryption key to listen to about 800 calls from members of the most notorious Mexican drug cartel.

On Tuesday, prosecutors played excerpts from what they described as incriminating phone calls that were tapped between July 2011 and January 2012. Jurors heard the calls during the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged Sinaloa kingpin, The New York Times reports.

The elusive El Chapo was captured by a recording device between 100 and 200 times. In many of the calls, Guzman could be heard orchestrating cocaine sales and speaking to corrupt cops.

The trial resumes Wednesday.

Former DEA Agent to Write Book about Capturing ‘El Chapo’

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA special agent is writing a book about his role in helping capture Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo.

The DEA agent will write under the pseudonym “Cole Merrell” as part of a book deal with HarperCollins, the Portland Press Herald reports. He will be collaborating with Douglas Century, who wrote “Barney Ross” and “Street Kingdom.”

The book, called “Hunting El Chapo,” is expected to be released on Oct. 17.

The book will provide a “cinematically” detailed perspective on the investigation and capture of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman-Loera in 2014.