Las Vegas Tribune
The trial of Joaquin Guzman continues in a New York federal court where the alleged drug lord is facing seventeen charges that include drug trafficking, murder conspiracy, and money laundering charges.
According to court records and media reports this is the first time a major Mexican drug kingpin has been tried in a U.S. court and plead not guilty to all charges.
During the first three weeks of the trial the government paraded a few of Guzman’s former associates who decided to talk in return for several sweet deals that would allow them a lesser sentence, or in some cases, no sentence at all and entrance into the Witness Protection Program, which is where the government houses their rats, snitches, “cooperating witnesses” and traitors who lie on their behalf and repeat their well-rehearsed testimony on the witness stand.
Guzman helped transform the Sinaloa Cartel into “the largest drug trafficking organization in the world,” the 28-page indictment says.
Its thousands of members “manufactured and imported multi-ton quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States,” and “generated billions of dollars in profit,” much of it thanks to an elaborate transportation system that includes scores of intricate tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border.
Former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, testified on Thursday about his lucrative drug-trafficking alliance with ‘El Chapo.’ Ramirez Abadia is known for having several plastic surgery operations on his face intended to “hide his identity.”
many of these kinds of cases the government has to rely on people who committed crimes. You have to make deals with the devil, if you will, to find the people most responsible,” Avergun was quoted on NBC News
on an unknown date.
During the course of the trial, prosecutors pointed out and mentioned other countries in which authorities had asked for and taken bribes from several drug cartels but never once asked for the bribes that may
have taken place in the United States; the Mexican and Colombian cartels may have made millions in profit in the United States because there is a market within the country and that market was able to be fulfilled because someone allowed the Colombian and the Mexican cartels to introduce their drugs to the American consumers.
Guzman faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted on all the charges against him. The U.S. agreed not to seek the death penalty in order to get him extradited from Mexico, which has abolished capital punishment.
The government has done everything possible to make the life of Joaquin Guzman and that of his most immediate family a miserable one by mistreating and disrespecting his daughters and his American-born
wife who stays loyal to her husband.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, have asked the judge presiding over the case, Judge Brian Cogan, not to allow the defense to refer to a “government official’s recent comments” calling cooperating witnesses “’flippers’
whose use probably should be illegal.”
That’s a reference to comments President Donald Trump made during an interview with Fox News in August, after it was revealed his former lawyer was cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion.
Mr. Guzman’s lawyers have accused a prosecution witness of lying because he “hates” Mr. Guzmán, CBS reports. Miguel Angel Martinez, a star witness and a former alleged top lieutenant to Mr. Guzmán, has testified extensively on Mr. Guzman’s alleged rise to power, lavish lifestyle, methods of transporting
narcotics, and many successful and attempted murders.
In response, the defense suggested that Martínez’s accusations are lies “because you hate the man right there, right?” Through a translator, Martínez said, “I hate Mr. Guzmán, yes.”