Joaquin Guzman

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An Ex-President on Trial May Use Trump's Praise in Defense

Ex-Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández accused in drug conspiracy

(Newser) - Standing before Juan Orlando Hernández in December 2019, then-President Trump applauded the leader of Honduras for working "very closely" with the US to stop the flow of drugs "at a level that has never happened," per the Guardian . Indeed, both the Trump and Obama administrations considered...

'You Have Been Warned. Respectfully, Chapitos'

Sinaloa cartel puts up banners in Mexico saying it's abandoning fentanyl, but could be 'pure propaganda'

(Newser) - Banners appeared Monday in northern Mexico purportedly signed by a faction of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel claiming that the gang has sworn off the sale and production of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. But, as the AP reports, experts quickly cast doubt on the veracity of the claim, saying that fentanyl—...

Wife of 'El Chapo' Learns Her Fate
El Chapo's Wife
Is Going Free

El Chapo's Wife Is Going Free

Emma Coronel Aispuro will be released Wednesday

(Newser) - The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be released from a Los Angeles prison Wednesday. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 34, was originally sentenced to three years in 2021 but her sentence was later reduced, the Guardian reports. She will serve two years of supervised release. Guzman,...

El Chapo Would Like Judge to Grant Him a Favor

He wants to have his wife, kids visit

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman would like to see his wife, once her own prison sentence is up. The Mexican drug lord is serving a life sentence plus 30 years at a Colorado supermax prison (where, he said earlier this year , he is experiencing "psychological torment") and, in...

Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'
the 'Little Chapos'

Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'

Reuters looks at how 4 sons of drug kingpin El Chapo have built a fentanyl empire

(Newser) - They are collectively known as Los Chapitos, or the "Little Chapos"—Ivan, Jesus Alfredo, Joaquin Jr., and Ovidio Guzman. Ranging in age from 33 to 40, they are the four surviving sons of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in...

'Architect' of Mexico's War on Drugs Had a Big Secret

Genaro García Luna convicted of drug trafficking, accepting cartel bribes

(Newser) - As Mexico's top public safety official, Genaro García Luna was tasked with tracking down and stopping drug cartels. In fact, he was "widely considered the architect of Mexico's war on drugs," per the BBC . He didn't quite fulfill the role. On Tuesday, the highest-ranking...

'El Chapo' Sends 'SOS' to Mexico's President

Lawyers say drug lord is struggling with harsh conditions at 'Supermax' prison

(Newser) - Former drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman arrived in the US six years ago today after he was extradited from Mexico —and while he's apparently desperate to return to his homeland, a sentence of life plus 30 years in federal prison is standing in the way....

Mexico Is Giving Away El Chapo's Safehouse

Entrance to escape tunnel has been covered

(Newser) - The house former drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán fled in 2014 when Mexican marines had him surrounded underwent some changes recently as the Mexican government prepared to give it away in a national lottery. The surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home's...

Key to El Chapo's Big Escape: Wife's Gift of a GPS Watch

Emma Coronel Aispuro pleads guilty to helping run Mexican cartel, admits role in 2015 escape

(Newser) - Both heads of the El Chapo household are now guilty of running a drug cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, the 31-year-old wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, pleaded guilty in federal court in DC on Thursday to multiple charges including drug trafficking and money laundering, reports CNN...

Wife of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Arrested
El Chapo's Wife Arrested

El Chapo's Wife Arrested

Emma Coronel Aispuro accused of helping Joaquin Guzman run drug cartel

(Newser) - The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested Monday in the United States and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plot his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, was arrested at...

Mexico Rattled by President's Handshake

Andrés Manuel López Obrador traveled to El Chapo's hometown, greeted his mother

(Newser) - Mexicans may not want to imitate the behavior of their president. Just one day after the country's deputy health minister urged the population to stay at home, Andrés Manuel López Obrador traveled to Badiraguato, well known as the birthplace of El Chapo. He made his visit on...

El Chapo's Daughter Weds Nephew of 'The Empress'

Alejandrina Guzman marries Edgar Cazares in Mexico

(Newser) - Mazel tov: El Chapo's daughter has married the nephew of another drug boss. Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, married Edgar Cazares on Jan. 25 in Sinaloa’s state capital, Culiacan, Reuters reports. As the UK Times explains, Cazares is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares,...

Cartel Gunmen Free Son of 'El Chapo'

Mexican city became battlefield after he was detained

(Newser) - The son of former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was located along with other cartel members in the Mexican city of Culiacan Thursday—but he wasn't detained for long. Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo says that after 30 members of the National Guard and army found...

Prosecutor Reveals an Alleged $1M Bribe Paid by 'El Chapo'

Claims Guzman gave the money to the Honduras leader's brother

(Newser) - Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán personally gave $1 million in bribes to the brother of Honduras' president to pass on to the Central American leader—who swiftly denied wrongdoing. Prosecutor Jason Richman revealed the allegation in a federal court in...

El Chapo Decries Case as 'Stained' as He's Handed Life

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman will spend rest of his life in a US prison

(Newser) - El Chapo's punishment is not a light one. A federal judge in Brooklyn on Wednesday sentenced Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman to life in prison plus 30 years; he also must pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture, reports CNN . Guzman spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying "my case...

Feds Seek Life Sentence Plus 30 Years for Guzman

They describe him as a 'ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel'

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's already extremely slim chances of ever leaving an American prison alive grew slimmer on Wednesday when prosecutors confirmed they were seeking a life sentence for the Mexican drug lord—plus 30 years. In a letter to US District Judge Brian Cogan, Justice Department lawyers...

No New Trial for El Chapo
Judge Hands
Bad News
to El Chapo

Judge Hands Bad News to El Chapo

Rejects Mexican drug lord's request for a new trial

(Newser) - A New York judge has rejected a request for a new trial by the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, the AP reports. US District Judge Brian Cogan said in a written ruling Wednesday that a "mountain range of evidence" introduced against Joaquin Guzman overcame his claims that...

Judge Decides: No Earplugs or Outdoor Exercise for El Chapo

Lawyers called prison conditions cruel and unusual

(Newser) - Prison conditions will not be improving for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a federal judge has decided. The Mexican drug lord had asked for at least two hours of outdoor recreation per week, access to the main commissary, the ability to buy six bottles of water a week, and earplugs...

El Chapo: My Treatment Is 'Cruel and Unusual'
El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

The former drug cartel leader says he needs the outdoors

(Newser) - Looks like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman won't be going outside anytime soon. The convicted drug kingpin, now held at a Manhattan federal prison, is complaining about the anguish of solitary confinement—but federal prosecutors say his request for two hours a week of outdoor time is likely a...

After Reports About Jury, El Chapo Wants New Trial

Jurors reportedly disobeyed judge, followed media accounts of the trial

(Newser) - The defense team for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Friday it will seek a new trial for the notorious drug lord in light of "misconduct" on the part of several jurors who allegedly followed media accounts of the case against the instructions of a federal judge. Defense attorney...

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