Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently held at a high-security Manhattan jail. The jail is usually used to keep mob and terrorist suspects.
US District Judge Brian Cogan says Guzman has the rights to be part of his own defense. He has therefore ordered that the attorney-visiting room at the jail where Guzman is held undergo some modifications.
Cogan directed that another computer monitor be installed and a slot be created so that legal docs can be passed via a partition.
Guzman Had Escaped Twice From Mexican Prisons
Guzman is held on charges that his drug cartel executed large-scale killings and kidnappings. He is also charged with laundering massive caches of dollars for secret clients. The Mexican drug lord has denied the allegations and is currently remanded in jail.
Guzman, popularly known as El Chapo, had been incarcerated a number of times in Mexico. And he had managed to escape prison twice in his home country. His defense team says he should not be held at the Manhattan jail since it’s usually used to house terrorism suspects and high-profile gangsters.
But government prosecutors say Guzman had escaped twice from Mexican prisons and he should be quite at home at his current jail.
Who is Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman?
Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera’s date of birth is doubtful. He is credited to have been born on December 25, 1954 or April 4, 1957. He headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal drug organization in Mexico. His drug cartel ships several tons of cocaines and other hard drugs from Colombia and Mexico to the US, across North America and throughout Europe.
The United States Department of the Treasury considers Guzman has the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world”. Forbes magazine at various times ranked him as one of the most powerful people in the world, and the second most powerful man in Mexico after billionaire Carlos Slim.
In 2011, Forbes named him the 10th richest man in Mexico and the “biggest drug lord of all time”. The Chicago Crime Commission tagged Guzman “Public Enemy Number One” in 2013 – a tag last applied to Al Capone in 1930.