The notorious organized crime leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán pleaded not guilty to 17 separate criminal charges in Brooklyn, but according to the New York Post, prosecutors are already planning on locking the drug kingpin away for the rest of his life.
The feds are planning on bringing in "dozens" of witnesses who have dealt with the infamous reputed former leader of the Sinaloa cartel: “Spanning the entire time period of the charged conduct, these witnesses will testify to every aspect of Guzmán’s organization from its inception in the late 1980s through his building of an international empire, including his expansion into Central and South America and opening of drug distribution centers throughout the United States,” reads court documents.
Prosecutors will also argue that if ever released, Guzmán poses a danger to society and that he is a considerable flight risk, with documents describing him as “extremely violent” and saying that he “maintains caches of weapons to be used for protection and to punish those who act against [his] interests."
"There's a high likelihood that he would end up at ADX Florence given his history of escaping and his ability to compromise corrections staff in Mexico," said Martin Horn, a professor of corrections at City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
According to the indictment, it seems possible that El Chapo had "thousands" of henchmen and almost unimaginable connections to drug cartels and law enforcement insiders around the globe. Chapo had been on the run for months after escaping from Mexican authorities. He was eventually caught by the American Drug Enforcement Administration after his interview in Rolling Stone with Sean Penn (yes that is a real thing that happened).
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