Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman trial underway in N.Y

16 November, 2018, 15:47 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán following his extradition to the United States from Mexico in January 2017

Guzman, who twice dramatically escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons, has been kept in solitary confinement in Manhattan.

"Money. Drugs. Murder. That is what this case is about", Fels said.

But in opening statements, the defense alleged that Guzman's co-defendant who remains at large, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was the real culprit.

While Guzman's defense team presents the charges leveled against their client as an global conspiracy, Mexico's current president Enrique Peña Nieto and his predecessor Felipe Calderón immediately rejected the allegations of corruption levelled against them.

He also suggested US law enforcement turned a blind eye to the situation. He was extradited to the United States in 2017 after twice escaping from prison in Mexico.

According to court filings, those witnesses will include former Sinaloa Cartel members and others involved in the drug trade who are now cooperating with the USA government. His trial is expected to last several months.

Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early past year, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he collected a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached well north of the Mexican-United States border.

Seventy-year-old Zambada has always been known to be one of Guzman's closest deputies.

"For 25 years he sent massive quantities of drugs [into the United States] and ran a vast narcotics empire", assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told jurors as the long-awaited Brooklyn federal court trial against the alleged Mexican drug lord got underway. Instead, he became known as "the speedy one".

Hope said he has seen no sign that Guzman's extradition and jailing in the US had a major impact on drug flows or routes.

Guzman's extradition to New York City shook up Mexico's drug underworld.

As his business flourished using the tunnels, trains, planes and vessels, Guzman began taking aim at rivals in the early 1990s, leading to bloody wars.

Guzman, considered the world's largest drug trafficker since the death of Colombia's Pablo Escobar, is on trial in NY under draconian security arrangements after twice escaping from prison in Mexico.

'Move more, sit less,' government says in new exercise guidelines
With a few exceptions, the advice in the new guidelines is not so different from what we were told in the 2008 guidelines. The previous guidelines stated that only 10-minute bouts of physical activity counted toward meeting the guidelines.

House Republicans elect Kevin McCarthy to replace Paul Ryan
Kevin McCarthy of California will lead Republicans in the minority in the House after his party ceded dozens of seats, and Sen. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was also selected to serve as minority whip in the next Congress, while Rep.

Rooney's farewell is England win over US
Trent Alexander-Arnold netted his first-ever senior worldwide goal as England beat U.S. 3-0 on Thursday night. He added: "I think ( England are) in very safe hands from what I've seen on the training pitch".

The prosecutor spoke of two dramatic escapes from prison by Guzman and said he was planning a third when he was brought to the U.S. One of his escapes in 2015 was through a mile-long tunnel dug into a shower in his jail cell that he slipped into before fleeing on a motorcycle.

"Why does the Mexican government need a scapegoat?"

Guzman used his wealth to buy off politicians, police chiefs, soldiers and judges, Mexican prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say he ruled Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel during the time period by using violence and mayhem. "Guzman himself pulled the trigger and ordered the disposal of bodies", Fels said.

Several former Guzman associates are known to have struck deals to cooperate with USA prosecutors, raising the possibility that they will appear on the witness stand.

The jurors will remain anonymous and be escorted to and from by armed US marshals. A jury has been picked for the USA trial of the Mexican drug lord.

Whether he is out for good will be decided by anonymous jury of seven women and five men who will decide the case.

It wasn't known how long it would take to get the alternate on the jury so both sides could make their opening statements.

Emma Coronel, center, the wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman leaves Brooklyn Federal court after opening arguments in the trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo", Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in NY.

The security around him is so strict that U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, who is presiding over the case, last week denied a motion by Guzman asking to hug his wife before the trial.

"El Chapo" seen in a Brooklyn courtroom Tue., Nov. 13, 2018.

NEW YORK - During the height of Mexican drug wars in 1993, an attempted hit on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman went wrong.

A lawyer for the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán has said that he was ready to defend his client, ahead of the trial opening in NY.



FDA to crack down on flavored vapes, menthol cigarettes
"We won't let this pool of kids, a pool of future potential smokers, of future disease and death, continue to build". The proposed restriction on e-cigarette sales would not cover tobacco-, mint- or menthol-flavored products.

Barnier hails Brexit deal that avoids a hard Northern Irish border
A key behind-the-scenes fixer, a key part of the former lobbyist's job was guiding the Brexit deal through Parliament. After a night of intensive one-on-one talks with her ministers and she then held a Cabinet meeting the following day.

Yes, Those "Trumpy Bear" Ads Are Totally Legit - Buy One Today!
The Trumpy Bear teddy bear ad on Fox News that had Twitter roaring wasn't out of the woods yet on " The Late Late Show " Monday. The campaign then expanded to 10 networks, including Outdoor Channel and the American Heroes Channel.

Withings reveals new Pulse HR fitness tracker
This gadget is a wearable fitness tracker that comes with a new design when compared to the previous Pules HR model. Withings - having regained the brand from Nokia - has announced a new fitness tracker , the Withings Pulse HR.

David Hockney painting sells for $90M, breaking art record
The initial work was painted and painted over, with Hockney returning to the concept a year afterwards in 1972. His painting depicts two men, one swimming under water while the other watches from the side of the pool.

Google's new health unit takes over AI sister company, DeepMind
DeepMind said that it remained fully committed to all its NHS partners and to delivering current projects. The whole Streams app is now a Google product. "The move to Google does not affect this".

Lakers, Heat among potential Carmelo destinations
After a awful year with OKC, he was released from the team and signed to the Houston Rockets for a fresh start as a bench player. In his short time with Houston, Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and shooting 40.5% from the field in 29.4 minutes per game.

Health Minister extends MyHealth opt-out deadline again
However, News Corp revealed this week there have been 99 data breaches of the My Health Record since 2012. You can call the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) on 1800723471 if you think something is wrong.

Agra: 12-day-old baby snatched and killed by monkey
A vicious monkey swiped a newborn baby from his breastfeeding mother's arms and bit him to death in a shocking attack in India. Bhoomi Devi was attacked on Wednesday in Thok Mohalla area when she had stepped out of her house to relieve herself.

Can A Notch Smartphone Look Any Worse Than This?
At the bottom, meanwhile, there's a second gap into which the combination fingerprint sensor and home button is positioned. The predecessor Aquos R Compact from previous year measured 132 x 66. x 9.6mm and featured a smaller 4.9-inch display.