June 4, 2023

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Conviction of drug trafficker “El Chapo” was upheld in the United States on appeal

New York | Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman, who was sentenced in July 2019 to life in prison for being the head of the Sinaloa Cartel in New York, has been denied bail in the United States, according to the Federal Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

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In a 44-page court ruling dated Tuesday, Judge John Newman ruled that the ten arguments raised by El Chapo should be rejected and his sentence upheld.

Joaquin Guzmn, considered the world’s most powerful drug smuggler at the time, was convicted in 2019 of widespread drug trafficking between Mexico and the United States for illegal use of weapons and money laundering.

He was sentenced to life in prison for using automatic weapons and to 30 years in prison.

Joaquin Guzmn, now 64, is accused of smuggling at least 1,200 tons of cocaine into the United States in a quarter of a century.

During the trial, the Mexican was ordered to kill or kill at least 26 people, sometimes after torturing them. They were informants, hijackers of rival organizations, police officers, collaborators and members of his own family.

In their main arguments, El Sapo’s lawyers questioned his sentence because one of the jurors believed he knew elements of the case from the press during the trial, or prevented his total isolation from being extradited to the United States in January 2017. Since he was preparing his defense.

El Chapo, best known for his spectacular escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 via a subway, is being held in a high-security prison in Florence, Colorado (West America).

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His wife, Emma Coronal Icebrow, 32, was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge to three years in prison at the end of November 2021, after she confessed to taking part in the abduction of the Sinaloa cartel. He was arrested at the Washington airport in February 2021.