U.S Marshals have ushered the Mexican “Drug Lord” from a high security cell in Manhattan to a Brooklyn, New York, federal courtroom on Friday morning.
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed, was extradited from Mexico to the U.S. one day before President Trump was inaugurated.
Guzman is being charged with masterminding and operation of an enormous drug trafficking enterprise as well as money laundering, kidnapping and murder. Some charges of which carry a mandatory life sentence. Guzman has pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors demand that Guzman forfeit $14 billion in assets accumulated over the last 30 years from his nefarious and illegal organization.
U.S. Prosecutors, in order to get Mexico to approve extradition, agreed not to seek the death penalty.
“El Chapo” who has repeatedly escaped while jailed in Mexico is being kept on 23-hour lock-down in a special jail unit, known as “the shoe”. Officials are not allowing visitation from either his wife or his Lawyer from Mexico.
Guzman appeared in court unrestrained and escorted by six US marshals, and another five guarding the door. Lawyers for Guzman are complaining that his New York City jail conditions are too confining.