Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has refused to acknowledge the existence of tons of cocaine, guns and other illegal items allegedly involved in his pending Brooklyn federal court case.
Prosecutors last week asked the accused drug kingpin to stipulate to the authenticity of a number of items ahead of his September trial – including 40 AK-47 rifles, ballistic vests, various handguns, ammo and a dizzying amount of cocaine, meth and heroin seized from around the world.
But Guzmán politely declined Tuesday to affirm the veracity of the slew of illicit substances and weapons — plus “one chili pepper can” seized during an April 1993 raid in Mexico.
“Mr. Guzmán declines to stipulate as you request,” reads the response filed by his attorney Eduardo Balarezo.
That means that prosecutors will have to trot out a parade of witnesses in order to prove the items have evidentiary value in their case.
“This could obviously extend the length of the trial,” a law enforcement source groaned upon hearing the news. The trial is already expected to last three to four months.
The runty drug lord stands accused of running a massive drug trafficking operation that secreted boatloads of narcotics into the US and spurred a bloody, decade-long drug war in Mexico.
Guzmán faces life behind bars if convicted.
By: Emily Saul, NY Post