Mexican cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty in the US trial.
The most notorious carter leader and drug kingpin in history has been convicted on all charges.
“Prosecutors detailed in opening statements how Guzman’s organization had trafficked in more than 328 million lines of cocaine — enough to provide more than a line for every person in the U.S.”
El Chapo’s conviction means little in terms of the Sinaloa Cartel. His partner, Mayo Zambada is running things in a more efficient, stealthy, and diversified way than Chapo ever did. The cartel is stronger than ever.
Senator Ted Cruz came up with the EL CHAPO Act, which would use $Billions in seized assets to help secure America’s southern border. Why hasn’t the United States Congress and Senate gotten this done yet?
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker had this to say on El Chapo’s verdict.
“I am pleased that the Department has brought Joaquin Guzman Loera (El Chapo) to justice by securing a conviction against this drug kingpin, who was a principal leader of the Sinaloa Cartel,” said Acting Attorney General Whitaker. “As was clear to the jury, Guzman Loera’s massive, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise was responsible for flooding the streets of the United States with hundreds of tons of cocaine, as well as enormous quantities of other dangerous drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine.
The trial evidence also overwhelmingly showed that Guzman’s unceasing efforts to expand his cartel’s control and consolidate its power left a wake of corruption and violence in communities in both Mexico and the United States. This case demonstrated the extraordinary reach of the U.S. government, our tenacity and commitment to pursuing kingpins like Guzman whom — if their power is unchecked — will, like Guzman, develop what for 25 years was an almost unstoppable capacity to move massive quantities of drugs into our country.
Guzman had the capital to absorb huge losses and run his enterprise with impunity; the enormous power to corrupt; and the capability to employ violence on a massive scale. This case, and more importantly, this conviction serves as an irrefutable message to the kingpins that remain in Mexico, and those that aspire to be the next Chapo Guzman, that eventually you will be apprehended and prosecuted.
Finally, this verdict demonstrates that the United States, working in close partnership with the Mexican government, will continue to bring all possible resources to bear in its fight against international drug traffickers and their violent organizations.”
Now will our leaders in government do the right thing and use these seized assets to build the wall?