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Its Official, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been Extradited to America…and he’s coming straight to Brooklyn!

kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who became a legend in Mexico through his prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of local cops and US Federal agents has been was extradited and transported to the United States on January 19th 2017

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Mexican authorities planned to turn over Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, before Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official shared with the media.  A Mexican court on denied Guzman’s appeal of the extradition.

The US Justice Department confirmed the announcement Guzman’s initial appearance are forthcoming. He faces six separate indictments.

Cartel Boss will stand trial in Brooklyn New York. Guzman was picked up by a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US marshals. They will take him to New York. He is expected to stand trial in Brooklyn, no date was given.

“The Justice Department extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States,” it said in a statement, Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US District Court in Brooklyn on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005. The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from various Colombian drug organizations.

“EL Chapo” Guzman also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Florida and New Hampshire.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has said it had received assurances that if convicted Guzman would not receive the death penalty. Mexico opposes death sentences. For years, the notorious cartel leader has been staying ahead of the law. He is known for using a maze of secret underground tunnels for both evading authorities and moving the massive quantities of drugs that made the Sinaloa Cartel very powerful and dangerous.

Guzman’s recapture in January 2016, after many months as a fugitive represented a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico. For many, “El Chapo” has become a symbol of the Mexican government’s corruption.

Guzman, also escaped In 2001 and again in 2015 by crawling through an opening in the shower area of his cell block leading to a nearly mile-long tunnel. In August, Guzman’s son was kidnapped from a Puerto Vallarta restaurant, in what was perceived as an attempt to exploit the cartel’s vulnerability. He was later freed.

“El Chapo” is aware that drug trafficking won’t end once he’s gone. “The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” he told actor Sean Penn in an interview in October 2015.

“El Chapo” Judge is Assassinated Outside his Home in Mexico

 

“El Chapo” Judge is Assassinated Outside his Home in Mexico

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How Mexican actress Kate del Castillo brokered deal for Sean Penn to interview El Chapo

 

Since the capturing of the world’s most wanted man,  many questions remain, surrounding his latest arrest and how El Chapo allowed the beautiful Mexican actress Kate del Castillo into his inner circle.

The Rolling Stone article in which Sean Penn documents his daring journey to Mexico to meet up with El Chapo is what ultimately led to the his recapture, six months after his 2nd prison break.

But the meeting between the two time Oscar-winner actor and the famed drug lord appears to come about with del Castillo’s help.

 

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‘He was interested in seeing the story of his life told on film, but would entrust its telling only to Kate,’ Penn wrote in the magazine about El Chapo’s desire to have a movie made about him, adding that she was the ‘ticket to El Chapo’s trust’.

Del Castillo first started her acting career in 1979 when she appeared in a film titled The Last Escape. From there, her fame only grew and so did her voice to speak out about different issues plaguing the world and her country. In 2009 she was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights and also posed in a PETA campaign in 2012. Kate played “Teresa Mendoza” a notorious female drug lord in a telenovela on Telemundo, based on the true story of Mexico’s top female drug lord. The relationship between El Chapo and the 43-year-old beauty seems to have started in 2012, when she first mentioned him in a tweet.

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The Mexican film and television star, who is the daughter of soap opera actor Eric del Castillo,  stated that she would trust El Chapo if it was a question between him or the seemingly corrupt Mexican government.

‘Mr. Chapo, wouldn’t it be cool that you started trafficking with love?’ she wrote in the tweet.

‘With cures for diseases, with food for the homeless children, with alcohol for the retirement homes that don’t let the elderly spend the rest of the days doing whatever the fuck they want.

 

‘Imagine trafficking with corrupt politicians instead of women and children who end up as slaves. ‘Why don’t you burn all those whorehouses where women are worth less than a pack of cigarettes. Without offer, there’s no demand. ‘Come on, Chapo! You would be the hero of heroes. Let’s traffic with love. You know how to. Life is a business and the only thing that changes is the merchandise. Don’t you agree?’

 

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Soon after her initial tweet, Kate was contacted by one of El Chapo’s lawyers.

According to Penn, the El Señor wanted to send her flowers in gratitude of her support and she replied with her address.

Whether or not del Castillo truly meant her sentiments in the tweet she sent about El Chapo is still out for debate. Once he was recaptured in 2014, the relationship between the two reportedly grew tremendously, as they exchanged several letters while he was incarcerated.

 

While imprisoned, he reportedly reached out to the well-known actress for her help to make a movie about his more than captivating life, even though his lawyers were being flooded with requests from Hollywood studios.

 

 

During a visit to Los Angeles, del Castillo met Penn through mutual friends and discussed El Chapo’s idea for a film.

However, Penn and Kate supposedly decided that it would be too difficult to make a movie, and instead pursued another idea: a magazine story. Through Penn fostering a relationship with del Castillo, who had the trust of El Chapo, only did he agree to be interviewed by the legendary actor.

 

El Chapo reportedly wanted to meet the actress who not only had tweeted her support for him publicly, but who he too had also developed a relationship with while being imprisoned. Del Castillo brokered the deal for Penn to be able to meet with the drug baron.
Del Castillo, who is set to star in Netflix’s Spanish-language series Ingobernable, has not spoken out about her thoughts concerning El Chapo’s recent arrest, or if she feels that her life is in danger since she appears to be responsible for Penn coming.

 

‘Today the United States lost a friend it never knew it had,’ he stated. As Penn’s Rolling Stone piece continues to captivate millions of readers around the world, a top White House officials admitted to being upset about some of the comments El Chapo said.

The drug cartel leader’s boast to Penn about being the world’s top supplier of illegal drugs is ‘maddening,’ according to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. ‘I will tell you this braggadocious action about how much heroin he sends around the world, including the United States, is maddening,’ McDonough said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union.

 

‘We see a heroin epidemic, opioid addiction epidemic in this country. We are going to stay on top of this with our Mexican counterparts until we get that back in the box. ‘But El Chapo is behind bars. That’s where he should stay,’ he added. Meanwhile Mexico has notified El Chapo that he is wanted in the U.S., formally beginning extradition proceedings against him, according to a statement issued by the Attorney General’s office. Guzman was informed by Interpol agents at the maximum security prison where he is being held.

 

The extradition process may be lengthy however, as lawyers for El Chapo have already filed six separate injunctions challenging requests to send him to America. Juan Masini, former U.S. Department of Justice attache at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, said the extradition process could be drawn out over a period of months.

Infamous Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Captured: Which Latino Actor should play the drug kingpin in a movie?

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The over a decade long wanted 56-year-old drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured Saturday in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlán – with an assault rifle handy when authorities raided his beachside hideaway over the weekend, Remarkably his captured was a near-seamless operation without a shooting rampage, in fact not a single shot was fired during his capture.

That’s because marines used infrared and body-heat scanners to pinpoint the locations of everyone inside the condo and make sure they were asleep, a Mexican official told CNN.

El Chapo“— is one of the world’s richest and most powerful drug traffickers. Over the years, his fortune grew to more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the “World’s Most Powerful People“.

Guzman or “El Chapo” as he is called is head of the Sinaloa drug cartel responsible for a reported 25 percent of all illegal drugs brought in the United States via Mexico — had evaded capture for years. That is, unless you count a brief imprisonment in 2001, which ended when El Chapo escaped from Mexico’s maximum-security Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart or simply by walking out dressed as a policeman.

The United States Government has been after Guzman for almost a decade

Guzman had a $7 million bounty on his head. A U.S. federal indictment unsealed in San Diego in 1995 charged Guzman and 22 members of his organization with conspiracy to import more than eight tons of cocaine and money laundering. He has been indicted by federal authorities in the United States several times more since 1996 on charges that he and others conspired to smuggle “multi-ton quantities” of cocaine into the U.S. and used violence, including murder, kidnapping and torture to keep the smuggling operation running. He’s also accused of conspiring to smuggle heroin into the United States and money laundering.

For the past several years, ‘El Chapo’ has been Chicago’s authorities “Public Enemy No. 1″– a title that was only used for Al Capone.

“El Chapo” A Man’s Life of crime, drugs, and sex and murder” – The making of a movie based on his life is the stuff screenwriters and action directors couldn’t image well enough to come up with.

And why not? El Chapo’s rags-to-riches story would be the perfect gangster-crime movie (or Univision novela: The top-rated Spanish network announced in January that it had ordered 60-episodes miniseries based on the drug lord called The Drug Baron (‘El Varon de la Droga’).

Which brings us to question:

What would a Hollywood movie based on the world’s most-wanted drug lord life look like? Who would be the best Latino-actor to play the role of the heartless Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán?

Would it be:

Edward James Olmos – Born February 24th, 1947 –best known for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in the NBC television series Miami Vice (1984-1989), Olmos has been seen in numerous film and television productions. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his starring role in Stand and Deliver (1988). Most notable of his recent offerings is American Me (1992), which was also his directing debut.

David Zayaz (former Latino Trendsetter Award Recipient) was born on August 15, 1962 in Puerto Rico. He is an actor and director, known for Dexter (2006) , Oz (1997) and The Expendables (2010)

Benecio Del Toro Benicio Del Toro – Born February 19th, 1967 – emerged in the mid-’90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in the movie Traffic (2000).

Antonio Banderas ¬ Born August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. In 1992 Banderas made his Hollywood debut with The Mambo Kings (1992) Banderas shot to international fame with his sensitive performance as a lover of Tom Hanks’ AIDS-infected lawyer in Philadelphia (1993), then played opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire (1994). Banderas further established himself as one of Hollywood’s leading men after co-starring in Evita. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros in Frida (2002).

Benjamin Bratt – Born December 16th, 1963 – Bratt gained Hollywood’s attention with two 1994 releases: In The River Wild, he portrayed a Native American ranger, and in Clear and Present Danger, he was the field officer for American soldiers sent by the CIA to infiltrate the Colombian countryside. Soon after, he was cast as the lead in the ABC miniseries James A. Michener’s Texas (1995). That year was also Bratt’s first as the conservative detective Rey Curtis on Law & Order.

The New Public Enemy No. 1: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

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He has been dubbed “Public Enemy No.1” which is a title that hasn’t been used since the reign of popular Chicago gangster Al Capone, and in some eyes Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is this generation’s very own Al Capone.

Recognized as the head of one of Mexico’s largest drug rings called the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman is believed to have trafficked cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine throughout at least 54 countries.

Since the explosive start of the ongoing drug war started some 7 years ago, while under the presidency of the 43rd President of the United States of America George W. Bush and Mexico’s then President Felipe Calderon there is another dent in the armor of the drug war with the latest capture of a drug cartel’s kingpin.

Arrested last week at a Mexican beach resort, Guzman is considered the Mexican drug kingpin. For years, authorities have spent decades trying to find and capture Guzman who managed to elude them at every turn since he escaped a maximum-security prison back in 2001.

Back in 1993, Guzman was originally captured in Guatemala and extradited to Mexico where he was supposed to serve a 20 year sentence. While in custody El Chapo was transferred through various maximum-security prisons. But being imprisoned didn’t stop him.

Drug kingpins of these cartels are so powerful and so feared they have unbelievable control of the people who work for them. While imprisoned, Guzman was powerful enough to manage his drug cartel through his associates from behind bars. It was his powerful hold over people that also enabled him to earn his early “freedom”.

On January 19, 2001 after a ruling by the Supreme Court of Mexico an extradition agreement between Mexico and the United States was struck, because of this Guzman paid off prison guards to help him escape. Using a laundry cart, Guzman was rolled out the prison’s front door, into a truck that drove him far away, and allowed him to flee into the night.

And now while imprisoned again in Mexico, Federal prosecutors across the United States are racing over who will get to prosecute the Mexican drug kingpin. While facing a series of charges in Mexico, Guzman faces a numbers of charges in Chicago, New York, San Diego, and Texas.

And with seven federal district courts holding pending indictments against Guzman on a variety of drug charges, several are already pressing for his extradition into the country to face said charges. But the very process of that extradition could take years.

You want No. 1 to be the best shot that you have,” said David Weinstein, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Florida’s Southern District in Miami. During his 11 years in office, Weinstein aided in the prosecution of several high-profiled suspected drug traffickers from Colombia and Haiti. “What do they say? If you shoot at the king, you make sure you hit him in the head.”

But Guzman’s lawyers are trying to prevent just that.

As he sits in a Mexican prison, Guzman’s lawyers filed an appeal on Monday that wants to halt any extradition that would take Guzman out of the country. The prospect of Guzman ever being extradited and prosecuted in America is skeptical to Robert Feitel.

A former prosecutor in the Justice Department’s narcotics and dangerous drugs section, Feitel doesn’t think Guzman will ever be prosecuted in the United States. Feitel believes that since Mexico has insisted on holding affidavits which admits to having first-hand knowledge of Guzman’s criminal conduct it will make it harder for the US to extradite him.

While Guzman escaped a Mexican prison and has evaded authorities for a good 13 years, Feitel believes that the Mexican authorities would not have to worry about Guzman again. Since Guzman is such a prominent figure in the country’s drug war, which has seen numerous deaths amongst both in law enforcement and civilians, Feitel believes Mexican authorities would do anything to keep him in the country and brought to justice for his crimes.

He’s a terrorist in their nation,” said Feitel. “Could you imagine if we were to send someone like him to Mexico if the situation was reversed?

Currently, Guzman is imprisoned in Mexico where a judge will soon decide whether to release him or start the process of bringing him to trial. However, with evidence continuing to come out against him it is possible freedom will not be likely.

The arrest of Guzman is just another in the long history of the drug war. Back in 2013, another of Mexico’s largest—yet not as feared as GuzmanMiguel Angel Trevino, also known as Z-40, and the alleged leaders of the Los Zetas cartel was captured.

Since the drug cartel war began in 2007 there has been criticism on its handling, even our current president Barack Obama has been criticized for the US and Mexican handling of it.

The drug war have caused a great deal of lives being lost, and in its years have seen numerous officials who try to combat the drug cartels fear for their lives and the lives of their family. While Guzman‘s arrest shows some leeway from the war only time will tell whether it will cripple the cartels and see an end to this war.

Kate del Castillo Shows Support for El Chapo

By Zuleyka Indarte

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo has stirred up the media with a letter she wrote in which she slams the Mexican government and, in a form, compliments billionaire drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The star reportedly wrote that Guzman was more credible than “governments that hide truths from me, even when they are painful ones.” Perhaps Castillo’s views toward drug trafficking have been influenced by her recent acting roles. The actress starred as a drug trafficking queen in the hit Telemundo production “La Reina del Sur”. She also plays the role of Pilar in the hit television series “Weeds”, a show about a widowed mother who begins to sell marijuana and engages in other illegal activities in order to support her family.
In the letter, Castillo went on to directly address Guzman directly, writing, “Wouldn’t it be really cool if you started trafficking for the good….traffic with corrupt politicians, not women and children who end up as slaves…Go for it, sir. You would be the hero of heroes.”
The actress’ letter was released in light of the US authorities’ declaration that Guzman was the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. Although the star has received a lot of negative feedback from various Mexican media sources, other stars support her daring. It is reported singer Ricky Martin praised Castillo.
Perhaps Guzman will carry out the actress’ suggestions.