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Borderland Beat: El Chapo Trial: Authorities Press Launch

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Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

“As
confirmed at trial, Guzman Loera was a principal chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, a
Mexico-based worldwide drug trafficking group answerable for
importing and distributing huge portions of cocaine, marijuana,
methamphetamine and heroin in the USA. ..”

Word: Chapo will keep
in Manhattan till his sentencing on June 25th.  The sentence might be pure life, that means he
will depart in a pine field.  He’ll then
be transferred to a different jail.  Most
possible ADX Florence Colorado, which is the place most are predicting he might be despatched.
Beneath is press launch from the Division of Justice
Jap District of New
York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, February 12,
2019
Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel Chief, Convicted of Operating a Persevering with Prison
Enterprise and Different Drug-Associated Fees
BROOKLYN, N.Y. –
Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, recognized by varied aliases, together with “El Chapo”
and “El Rapido,” was convicted as we speak by a federal jury in Brooklyn of being a
principal chief of a seamless legal enterprise – the Mexican organized
crime syndicate generally known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a cost that features 26
drug-related violations and one homicide conspiracy.  Guzman Loera was convicted of all 10 counts
of the superseding indictment, together with narcotics trafficking, utilizing a firearm
in furtherance of his drug crimes and taking part in a cash laundering
conspiracy.  The decision adopted a
12-week trial earlier than United States District Decide Brian M. Cogan. Guzman Loera
faces a compulsory sentence of life imprisonment.
Matthew G. Whitaker,
Performing Legal professional Normal; Richard P. Donoghue, United States Legal professional for the
Jap District of New York; Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Legal professional for
the Southern District of Florida; Brian A. Benczkowski, Assistant Legal professional
Normal of the Justice Division’s Prison Division; Uttam Dhillon, Performing
Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Christopher A. Wray,
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary,
United States Division of Homeland Safety; Derek Benner, Government
Affiliate Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland
Safety Investigations (HSI); Bryan T. Mullee, Performing U.S. Marshal, Jap
District of New York; and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York Metropolis Police
Division, introduced the decision.

The
Proof at Trial

As confirmed at trial,
Guzman Loera was a principal chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexico-based
worldwide drug trafficking group answerable for importing and
distributing huge portions of cocaine,
marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin
in the USA.  The proof at
trial, together with testimony from 14 cooperating witnesses; narcotics seizures
totaling over 130,000 kilograms of cocaine and heroin; weapons, together with
AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher; ledgers; textual content messages; movies;
pictures and intercepted recordings, detailed the drug trafficking exercise
of Guzman Loera and his co-conspirators over a 25-year interval from January 1989
till December 2014.
  Guzman Loera was repeatedly
referred to by witnesses as one of many leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman Loera oversaw
the smuggling of narcotics to wholesale distributors in New York, Miami,
Atlanta, Chicago, Arizona, Los Angeles and elsewhere.  The billions of illicit {dollars} generated
from drug gross sales in the USA have been then clandestinely transported again
to Mexico.  Guzman Loera used “sicarios,”
or hit males, who carried out lots of of acts of violence in Mexico to implement
Sinaloa’s management of territories and to eradicate those that posed a risk to
the Sinaloa Cartel.
Drug
Trafficking                    
In the midst of the
decades-long drug trafficking conspiracy, the Sinaloa Cartel transported tens
of 1000’s of kilograms of narcotics from Central and South America for
distribution in the USA. 
Guzman Loera used varied strategies to move the cartel’s narcotics
into the USA, together with submarines, carbon fiber airplanes, trains
with secret compartments and transnational underground tunnels.  A number of witnesses testified about seizures
by legislation enforcement officers of large quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana
linked to the Sinaloa Cartel.  One of many
largest seizures of medication certain for the U.S. concerned over seven tons of
cocaine hid in jalapeño cans.
The jury additionally heard
recordings of Guzman Loera’s personal damning phrases discussing his drug trafficking,
corruption and violence.  calls included
Guzman Loera discussing sending “ice,” that means methamphetamine, to Ohio,
Tucson, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Guzman Loera additionally
utilized a complicated encrypted communications community to function the worldwide
narcotics trafficking operation.  As an
info know-how engineer testified at trial, Guzman Loera paid him a million
{dollars} to buy and arrange a community to allow the defendant to speak
by way of Web together with his drug-trafficking associates in Colombia, Ecuador, Canada
and the USA with out worry of being intercepted by legislation enforcement or
his rivals.   The witness devised a
secret and safe system, consisting of encrypted cell telephones and encrypted
apps.
The success of the
Sinaloa Cartel relied upon the usage of violence to take care of their energy
all through the area and past. 
Quite a few co-conspirators testified that Guzman Loera directed his hitmen
to kidnap, interrogate, torture and shoot members of rival drug organizations,
at occasions finishing up acts of violence himself. 
A former hitman testified that Guzman Loera beat two males with a tree
department till their our bodies “have been fully like rag dolls,” earlier than taking pictures the
males and ordering their our bodies to be tossed right into a bonfire.  The previous hitman additionally testified that Guzman
Loera interrogated a rival drug cartel member, shot him and ordered that he be
buried alive.  In an intercepted name,
the jury heard Guzman Loera order one among his sicarios to kidnap rival cartel
members, however to not kill them with out first checking with him.
The Sinaloa Cartel had
unfettered entry to weapons.  A legislation
enforcement witness confirmed the jury over 40 AK-47s that have been seized in El Paso,
Texas earlier than they could possibly be delivered to Guzman Loera in Mexico.  Moreover, witnesses recognized
pictures of assorted weapons, together with grenades and a rocket-propelled
grenade launcher utilized by the Sinaloa Cartel.  Guzman Loera’s private arsenal included a
gold plated AK-47 and three diamond-encrusted .38 caliber handguns, one
emblazoned together with his initials, “JGL.”
The proof introduced
at trial demonstrated that to additional the pursuits of the Sinaloa Cartel,
Guzman Loera and his group took benefit of an enormous community of corrupt
authorities officers.  These officers
ranged from native legislation enforcement officers, jail guards, state officers,
excessive rating members of the armed forces, in addition to politicians.  These corrupt officers assisted Guzman Loera
and his group in trade for hundreds of thousands of {dollars}’ price of bribery
funds.  For instance, in line with the
testimony of a number of witnesses, in lots of situations, Guzman Loera and his employees
have been warned of pending legislation enforcement operations which allowed Guzman Loera to
keep away from seize on a number of events.  In
different situations, Guzman Loera, by means of his staff, paid officers to show a
blind eye to trafficking actions in an effort to facilitate the cargo of
medication, weapons and bulk money.
Guzman Loera’s
profitable drug trafficking enterprise generated billions of {dollars} in illicit
proceeds.  Guzman Lorea used varied
strategies to launder cash together with bulk money smuggling from the USA
to Mexico.  One of many largest seizures
was of $1.26 million seized from hidden compartments in a truck pushed by
Guzman Loera’s brother in Arizona in 1989. 
Along with the majority money smuggling, Guzman Loera oversaw quite a few
shell corporations, together with a juice firm and a fish flour firm, to launder
the cartel’s narcotics trafficking proceeds.
“I’m happy that the
Division has introduced Joaquin Guzman Loera (El Chapo) to justice by securing a
conviction in opposition to this drug kingpin, who was a principal chief of the Sinaloa
Cartel,” stated Performing Legal professional Normal Whitaker. 
“As was clear to the jury, Guzman Loera’s large, multi-billion greenback
legal enterprise was answerable for flooding the streets of the United
States with lots of of tons of cocaine, in addition to monumental portions of
different harmful medication resembling heroin and methamphetamine. The trial proof
additionally overwhelmingly confirmed that Guzman’s unceasing efforts to broaden his
cartel’s management and consolidate its energy left a wake of corruption and
violence in communities in each Mexico and the USA.  This case demonstrated the extraordinary
attain of the U.S. authorities, our tenacity and dedication to pursuing kingpins
like Guzman whom — if their energy is unchecked — will, like Guzman, develop
what for 25 years was an virtually unstoppable capability to maneuver large portions
of medication into our nation.  Guzman had
the capital to soak up enormous losses and run his enterprise with impunity; the
monumental energy to deprave; and the potential to make use of violence on an enormous
scale.  This case, and extra importantly,
this conviction serves as an irrefutable message to the kingpins that stay in
Mexico, and those who aspire to be the following Chapo Guzman, that ultimately you
might be apprehended and prosecuted. Lastly, this verdict demonstrates that the
United States, working in shut partnership with the Mexican authorities, will
proceed to deliver all doable sources to bear in its struggle in opposition to
worldwide drug traffickers and their violent organizations.”
“Guzman Loera’s bloody
reign atop the Sinaloa Cartel has come to an finish, and the parable that he might
not be delivered to justice has been laid to relaxation.  In the present day, Guzman Loera has been held accountable
for the tons of unlawful narcotics he trafficked for greater than twenty years, the
murders he ordered and dedicated, and the billions of {dollars} he reaped whereas
inflicting incalculable ache and struggling to these devastated by his medication,”
said EDNY United States Legal professional Donoghue. 
“In the present day’s verdict is the fruits of the tireless work of numerous
courageous members of legislation enforcement, right here and overseas, and we congratulate
them.  The Division of Justice is
dedicated to eradicating legal organizations that gasoline America’s drug
epidemic, and our mission will proceed till it’s accomplished.”
“The conviction of
former Sinaloa Cartel chief Joaquin Guzman Loera strips the ability from a person
who employed horrific acts of violence to contaminate communities, all through the
United States and overseas, with the venom of illicit medication,” said SDFL United
States Legal professional Fajardo Orshan.  “In the present day’s
verdict is a reminder to all, that our worldwide borders don’t defend
narco-traffickers and the cartels’ legal enterprises from federal prosecution.  U.S. Legal professional’s Places of work throughout the nation
stand united with our home and overseas legislation enforcement companions, as we
proceed our struggle in opposition to transnational legal organizations.”
“In the present day’s conviction of
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrates the dedication and dedication of the
women and men of DEA to deliver the world’s most harmful and prolific drug
trafficker to justice,” said DEA Performing Administrator Dhillon. “Those that
deliver medication and violence into the USA that destroy lives and
communities is not going to be tolerated, nor evade our attain. The success of this
case is a testomony to the energy of our relationship with our Mexican
counterparts. DEA will proceed to pursue justice worldwide and defend
People.”
“The reign of Joaquin
Guzman Loera’s crime and violence has come to an finish,” stated FBI Director
Christopher Wray.  “As chief of the
Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman Loera carried out and directed acts of brazen violence
as he oversaw the import and distribution of huge quantities of unlawful medication
all through the USA.  However as we speak,
by means of the steadfast dedication and collective efforts of the FBI and our
legislation enforcement companions each home and overseas, and on account of our persevering with
partnership with the federal government of Mexico, justice has been served.”
“The responsible verdict
in opposition to Joaquin Guzman Loera, one of the vital violent and feared drug kingpins
of our time, is a testomony to the arduous work and braveness of America’s frontline
legislation enforcement personnel, together with ICE’s Homeland Safety Investigations.
They gathered substantial proof over a number of investigations, which made his
extradition to the USA and a profitable prosecution doable,” said
United States Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Nielsen.  “In the present day’s verdict sends an unmistakable
message to transnational criminals: you can’t cover, you aren’t past our
attain, and we’ll discover you and convey you to face justice.  Like Guzman, you’ll undergo the results
of your legal habits.  I applaud the
courageous women and men at DHS who helped make this conviction doable and thank
our interagency and worldwide companions for his or her distinctive work.”
“HSI is dedicated to
utilizing our distinctive border authority to focus on and dismantle transnational
legal organizations answerable for trafficking narcotics and bringing
violence into the USA,” stated HSI Government Affiliate Director Benner.  “By collaboration with native, federal
and worldwide legislation enforcement companions, HSI particular brokers have been capable of
deliver an finish to Joaquin Guzman Loera’s legal actions, and assist guarantee he
was delivered to justice.”
“The conviction of
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrates what is feasible when legislation enforcement
works collectively and coordinates their efforts. The US Marshals
Service ensured the integrity of the judicial course of on this case.  From offering protected and safe detention and
transportation of the world’s most infamous drug kingpin to making sure the
anonymity of the jury, defending the choose, attorneys, witnesses and the
public, the Marshals Service proudly performed its necessary function within the course of,”
stated Performing U.S. Marshal Mullee of the Jap District of New York.  “I wish to categorical my gratitude to all
of our legislation enforcement companions who labored tirelessly in assist of our
mission.  They’re the proficient males and
ladies of the New York Metropolis Police Division, Federal Protecting Service, 24th
Civil Help Staff of the New York Nationwide Guard, and the Federal Bureau of
Prisons. The U.S. Marshals take our accountability of defending the federal
judicial course of very critically. We should anticipate and deter threats, whereas
repeatedly creating and using modern protecting ways. We feature
out these obligations with precision day-after-day throughout the nation. The
profitable prosecution of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman stands as a shining instance
of our mission.”
“Simply over two years
in the past, we introduced the arrival of this infamous drug kingpin on U.S. soil,
the place he would face American justice and at last reply for his a few years of
unlawful habits.  And as we speak, I commend
the members of the jury for his or her dedication to this necessary case, in addition to
the legal professionals of the Jap District and all of our home and overseas
law-enforcement colleagues, who proceed to be our nice companions in so many
efforts.  In shut cooperation with
members of the DEA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Safety
Investigations, the New York State Police and extra, NYPD detectives on the Drug
Enforcement Activity Drive tirelessly investigated Mr. Guzman Loera’s legal
enterprise for years,” said NYPD Commissioner O’Neill.  “In the present day’s responsible verdict reveals that,
collectively, we by no means shelve an unfinished case.  He operated a drug-trafficking community
answerable for perpetuating a murderous, poisonous scourge that endlessly altered
lives, tore aside households and netted billions of {dollars} in illicit income.  I thank the investigators for his or her arduous
work, and I remind the individuals we serve that New York Metropolis and America will
at all times stand with our colleagues around the globe within the struggle in opposition to any
particular person or legal group that venerates unlawful revenue above all else.”
When sentenced by Decide
Cogan, Guzman Loera faces a compulsory life sentence with out the potential of
parole for main a seamless legal enterprise, and a sentence of as much as
life imprisonment on the seven remaining drug counts.  After the decision, the federal government will search a
forfeiture cash judgment for billions of {dollars} constituting the cartel’s
unlawful drug-trafficking proceeds.
The federal government’s case
is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gina Parlovecchio, Andrea Goldbarg,
Michael Robotti, Patricia Notopoulos and Hiral Mehta from the Jap District
of New York; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam Fels and Lynn Kirkpatrick from the
Southern District of Florida; and Trial Attorneys Amanda Liskamm, Anthony
Nardozzi, Michael Lang and Brett Reynolds of the U.S. Division of Justice
Prison Division’s Narcotic and Harmful Drug Part.
The case was
investigated by the DEA, ICE and the FBI, in cooperation with Mexican,
Ecuadorian, Netherlands, Dominican and Colombian legislation enforcement
authorities.  Substantial help was
supplied by the U.S. Attorneys’ Places of work within the Northern District of Illinois,
the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Southern
District of California and the District of New Hampshire.  The Division of Justice Workplace of
Worldwide Affairs additionally performed an integral function in securing the extradition
of Guzman Loera to the USA, in cooperation with authorities of the
Mexican authorities, with out which his extradition and prosecution wouldn’t
have been doable.  The investigative
efforts on this case have been coordinated with the Division of Justice Particular
Operations Division, comprising brokers, analysts and attorneys from the Prison
Division’s Narcotic and Harmful Drug Part, DEA New York, DEA Miami, FBI
Washington Subject Workplace, FBI New York Subject Workplace, FBI Miami Subject Workplace, ICE
HSI New York, ICE HSI Nogales, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service, Inside Income Service – Prison
Investigation, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, NYPD and New York State Police.
This case is the consequence
of the continued efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Activity Drive
(OCDETF), a partnership that brings collectively the mixed experience and distinctive skills
of federal, state and native legislation enforcement businesses.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program
is to establish, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute excessive degree members of drug
trafficking, weapons trafficking and cash laundering organizations and
enterprises.


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