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Where Is El Chapo Now?

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Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera commonly known as “El Chapo” (meaning ‘Shorty’ in Mexican Spanish, because of his stature) or “El Rapido”, is a Mexican former drug lord and a former leader within the Sinaloa Cartel, which is an international crime syndicate. El Chapo is considered to have been one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world. He built an international criminal empire trafficking cocaine, marijuana, and heroin.

He earned the nickname “El Rapido” for his speed at transporting drugs for the Colombian cartels, from Mexico to America.

El Chapo was imprisoned for life in 2019 after being convicted of orchestrating countless brutal crimes. His wife has also been imprisoned for three years.

He became Mexico’s top drug lord in 2003 after his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel was arrested.

El Chapo was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the US Department of the Treasury and according to Forbes, he was “one of the most powerful people in the world”.

According to the US Office of Public Affairs, El Chapo was a “principal leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexico-based international drug trafficking organization responsible for importing and distributing more than a million kilograms of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin in the US.”

The Sinaloa cartel transported narcotics into the US by fishing boats, trains, carbon fiber airplanes and submarines with secret compartments, and even transnational underground tunnels.

When the narcotics arrived in America, they were sold to wholesale distributors across the country, across states such as Miami, Arizona, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

El Chapo used elaborate schemes to launder billions of dollars of the drug proceeds, including bulk cash smuggling from the United States to Mexico and infiltrating US-based insurance companies, and numerous shell corporations (including a fish flour business and juice company), and reloadable debit cards.

His organization dwelt on a vast network of corrupt government officials and employees to protect and further the interests of the Cartel.

Where is El Chapo now?

El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence at the United States Penitentiary Maximum Facility, ADX Florence.

Earning the nickname “the Alcatraz of the Rockies,” he was sent to the high-security slammer to paralyze any of his escape ambitions after he pulled off two daring breakouts in Mexico in 2001 and 2014. No inmate has ever been able to escape ADX Florence, reports said.

The remote prison is surrounded by razor-wire fences, heavily-armed patrols, gun towers, and attack dogs, as well as snipers on guard in gun towers.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, upheld the conviction of the Mexican drug lord.

El Chapo sought to overturn his conviction in Brooklyn federal court on ten grounds. The appellate court, however, concluded that “none of these claims has merit.”

Among El Chapo’s arguments, his strict confinement conditions before trial inhibited his rights to prepare a defense and benefit from the counsel’s assistance.

El Chapo’s attorney, Marc Fernich, said in a statement on that Tuesday: “The District Court did not err in concluding that Guzman was able to assist in his own defense and receive a fair trial, despite the conditions of his pretrial confinement,” the decision from the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals said. “The conditions of Guzman’s pretrial confinement, harsh as they were, do not provide a basis for disturbing his conviction.”

“While respecting the Court’s ruling, we’re disappointed that substantial allegations of grave jury misconduct continue to be swept under the rug and left wholly unexamined in a case of historic proportion — all, it appears, because of the defendant’s matchless notoriety”.

Source: Vimbuzz.com

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