BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who allegedly continued to operate the world's largest drug-trafficking operation even while in a federal maximum-security prison in Mexico, now faces the possibility of life imprisonment in the United States. This morning, El Chapo was transferred from his cell in Manhattan to a Brooklyn courtroom. This is his third hearing in the United States. A trial date is scheduled for April 16, 2019. El Chapo will appear in court August 15, 2019.
The 5'6" drug lord has been held in solitary confinement in a high-security federal cell in Manhattan since January 2017. Guzmán stands accused in the U.S. of leading a criminal enterprise, distributing cocaine and laundering the proceeds, among other alleged crimes. Guzmán pleaded not guilty in 2017, after he was extradited from Mexico. His trial is expected to last two to four months.
"I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world," Guzmán allegedly said during that interview. "I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats."
U.S. prosecutors are asking for a life sentence for Guzmán and a forfeiture amounting to at least $14 billion.
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