Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is arguably the most famous bad guy in all of Mexico, has finally been extradited to the United States.
El Chapo, (Shorty), had been fighting the one-way trip, throwing his lawyers at this thorny little problem of his, ever since he was busted by a coalition of US and Mexican agents after busting out of two other prisons. The US offered to take him off Mexico’s hands, knowing full well no Mexican prison could hold him, but noooooo….Mexico was too proud to admit that. So El Chapo was once more into the wind. This time the Mexican government was so embarrassed by the obviously inside job, that they took US agents’ help in tracking him down, and then packed him off to the north just as soon as his delaying tactics expired.
Some say those tactics actually hadn’t expired, and El Chapo certainly didn’t think they had. He was flabbergasted when his Mexican transporters came for him, even asking if he were being taken back to one of the prisons he had escaped from. Wishful thinking.
Within hours of losing his last appeal to stay in Mexico, he was helicoptered to an airport near the border, then transferred to a small Mexican military jet for his ride to Brooklyn New York.
His handlers were so spooked about his gang following and freeing him in a typical gangland style shootout that they briefly shut down the Brooklyn bridge to get him across it.
According to the indictment, Guzmán faces one count of leading a continuing criminal enterprise as leader of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, among other charges. If convicted, on that charge alone, he faces a life sentence. As a condition of his extradition, US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers said, US law enforcement agreed to take the death penalty off the table as a potential sentence.
In addition to the criminal charges that Guzmán faces, which also include running a drug conspiracy to import and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana, the US government is seeking $14 billion in forfeiture from Guzmán.
And New York isn’t the only state that wants him. Guzmán also faces federal charges in California, Illinois, Texas, and Florida. The US Department of Justice said he is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States.
The 59 year old Guzman made his fortune transporting drugs from Colombia by airplanes, boats, and submarines to ports that the organization controlled in southern Mexico and other locations throughout Central America. From there, they were shipped through Mexico to distribution points in the United States.
As one of the leading leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman also is accused of overseeing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana trafficking in the Sinaloa Cartel, for wholesale dealers in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York, as well as various locations in Arizona, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The billions of dollars generated by drug sales in the United States were into Mexico.
To evade justice and protect its narcotics distribution activities, Guzman’s gang used hit men, or mercenaries, who carried out hundreds of violent acts in Mexico, including murders, the collection of drug debts, violence to silence potential witnesses, as well as actions to prevent public officials from acting against the cartel
To intimidate and eliminate rivals, during the war between the Sinaloa cartel and the Juarez cartel from 2007 to 2011, Guzman instructed his killers to kill thousands of drug-trafficking rivals; Many of its victims were beheaded.
The case was investigated by the DEA, HSI and the FBI, in cooperation with Mexican and Colombian judicial authorities. Substantial support was provided by the Department of Justice's Special Operations Division, consisting of agents, analysts, and prosecutors from the Division of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs of the Criminal Division, DEA, FBI, HSI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the US Marshal Service, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the US Bureau of Prisons and the New York State Police.
And what can we expect now that this baddie is locked up forever? More mayhem, as the vacuum he left when he was arrested has been filled with gangs at bloody war with each other over the turf he left behind. ,