Jurors in El Chapo’s federal trial begin deliberations

NEW YORK – Jurors in the federal trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán have begun deliberations on his fate. The panel of eight women and four men received hours of final legal instructions from U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan Monday before retiring at 1:02 p.m. to begin reviewing the evidence and discussing their verdict. Court personnel escorted six alternate […]

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Witness implicates El Chapo’s wife in the alleged drug lord’s most daring prison escape

NEW YORK — The secrets of Joaquín “El Chapo Guzmán’s most daring prison escape were revealed Wednesday by a witness who provided the first evidence implicating the accused Mexican drug lord’s wife, sons, and brother-in-law in the breakout. Damaso Lopez Nuñez, a former Guzmán lieutenant, said his boss was determined to escape from Mexico’s maximum Altiplano prison, where he was locked after a squad of Mexican Marines […]

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Meet the Colombian IT expert who helped the feds snare ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

NEW YORK  – Cristian Rodríguez was an electronics system engineering student at a college in Colombia roughly a decade ago when he dropped out to follow his dream of building his own business. Specializing in cybersecurity, the now 32-year-old businessman soon found work as the in-house internet technology guru to two organizations with a more than passing interest in secrecy: Major drug […]

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Prosecution witness against ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán admits to killings, lies

NEW YORK – At the start of the federal trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, defense lawyers said they would discredit prosecution witnesses as criminal liars who would say anything to convict the accused Mexican drug lord and win leniency for their own crimes. A defense lawyer hammered Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday, getting the witness who testified he was Guzmán’s Colombia cocaine supplier […]

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Alleged Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo

NEW YORK – There will be no public displays of affection in court for accused Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan on Thursday denied Guzman’s motion for permission to “greet and embrace” his wife before the court hears opening statements in the notorious druglord’s trial next week. In a two-page decision, Cogan said he was […]

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Brooklyn Bridge might shut down to shuttle ‘El Chapo’ to trial today

Jury selection was set to begin Monday in New York in the drug trafficking trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the legendary drug lord whose electrifying escape from a Mexican prison captured the imagination of the world. Security surrounding Guzman was so tight the Brooklyn Bridge was closed to transport him to from his high-security cell in Manhattan to pretrial […]

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