El Chapo likely heading for prison where no one has escaped

El Chapo likely heading for prison where no one has escaped

El Chapo likely heading for prison where no one has escaped

Guzman, whose nickname translates to "Shorty", faces life in prison for smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States.

Despite Guzman's downfall, the Sinaloa Cartel still has the biggest US distribution presence of Mexican cartels, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Guzman, 61, is expected to be sentenced to life in a maximum-security prison without the possibility of parole in June.

To facilitate that supply chain, prosecutors said Guzman paid millions in bribes to corrupt officials, from the local level all the way up to the federal and foreign governments.

In pointing out what he deemed as errors in the trial, Lichtman took particular umbrage at his being barred from questioning a cooperating witness, whom the attorney characterized as being 'out of his mind'.

When asked why he decided against putting Guzman on the witness stand, Lichtman explained that it was rear in a criminal trial, and that he deemed it a losing strategy, considering the amount of evidence the prosecution could have cross-examined him on.

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The forfeited funds would be used for border security and to fund the completion of the border wall. The value of that property is believed to be as high as $14 billion.

His trial began in early November with a weeklong jury selection that proved to be problematic.

While the trial was dominated by Guzman's near-mythical persona as an outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn't testify.

Jurors, whose identities were kept secret over concern for their safety, were partially sequestered through the trial. Heavily armed federal officers and bomb-sniffing dogs have patrolled outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The legend of Guzman was burnished by two dramatic escapes he made from Mexican prisons and by a Robin Hood image he cultivated among Sinaloa's poor.

Rising from the same humble origins in Sinaloa as many other top Mexican capos, Guzman cemented his status as a criminal sensation by breaking out of prison twice, first in 2001 and again in 2015. Marines caught up with him in January 2016 in the coastal city of Los Mochis.

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