The Rise And Fall Of ‘El Chapo,’ Mexico’s Most Wanted Gangster

www.oann.com | 1/8/2016 | Staff
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious kingpin, shipped tonnes of drugs around the world, escaped two maximum-security prisons and became one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives.

The 61-year-old now faces the prospect of life in prison.

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Jurors on Tuesday found Guzman guilty of all 10 counts, including running a criminal enterprise, in a trial that began in November in New York.

The audacious exploits of “El Chapo,” or “Shorty,” captured the world’s imagination and turned him into a folk hero for some in Mexico, despite the thousands of people killed by his brutal Sinaloa cartel.

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Beyond putting Guzman’s personal life and drug dealings on public display, the case has also highlighted Mexico’s longtime fight to bring down its chief adversary in the bloody war on drug trafficking.

In January 2016, after some three decades running drugs, Guzman was caught in his native northwestern state of Sinaloa.

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Six months earlier, he had humiliated Mexico’s then-president, Enrique Pena Nieto, by escaping from prison through a mile-long (1.6-km-long) tunnel dug straight into his cell and equipped with a motorbike – his second time escaping a Mexican penitentiary.

Just days after his 2016 capture, Guzman’s larger-than-life reputation was sealed when U.S. movie star Sean Penn published a lengthy account of an interview he conducted with the drug lord, which the Mexican government said was “essential” to his capture a few months later.

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“I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats,” Penn said Guzman told him at the drug lord’s mountain hideout.

Mexico’s government extradited Guzman in January 2017, a day before Donald Trump took office as U.S. president on vows to tighten border security to halt immigration and drug smuggling.

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Guzman’s legendary reputation in the Mexican underworld began taking shape when he staged...
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