Sinaloa Drug Cartel Kingpin Goes On Trial

FILE PHOTO: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation in Mexico City, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/File photo

Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations, goes on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court in New York City. The trial had been set for April and was postponed to September with no explanation.

His two escapes from maximum security prisons in Mexico and evasion of police on other occasions made international headlines. He was recaptured in Jan 2016 in a shootout with Mexican marines and U.S. law enforcement, and was extradited to the United States in the same month. Guzman has pleaded not guilty in the Brooklyn federal court to 17 counts against him that span nearly a quarter-century. He faces mandatory life imprisonment on one charge and a maximum sentence of life on the remaining charges. The cartel has been blamed for thousands of deaths and, at its peak, U.S. officials believed it to be responsible for up to half of the illegal drugs coming into the United States from Mexico. By some estimates the Sinaloa cartel is present in 50 countries.

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to go on trial in April 2018 (ABC May 2017)

Who is Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and when does the Mexican drug lord go on trial? (Aug 2017)

The Staggering Death Toll of Mexico’s Drug War (PBS Jul 2015)

Date written/update: 2018-03-14