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El Chapo Fails to Break Free of Four US Federal Cocaine Charges

Andrew Keshner - New York Daily News
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October 10, 2017

Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman argued four of his international cocaine distribution charges were beyond the statute of limitation, but a judge rejected his bid. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

El Chapo's disappearing act in Mexico years ago means several of his charges in Brooklyn Federal Court won't be vanishing, a judge decided.

Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman argued four counts accusing him of international cocaine distribution were faulty because the five-year deadline to bring charges had passed.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors blew off defense arguments, noting the druglord's 2001 escape from Mexican prison — via a laundry cart — and his next 13 years as a fugitive put the pause button on statutes of limitation. Besides, they said, two of the charges were within the deadline in any event.

... Guzman ended up escaping a second time from Mexican prison. During Guzman's 2014 escape sequel, he made his way from a tunnel between a shower in his prison cell and a home that looked to be abandoned about a mile away.

Mexican authorities captured him in January 2016.

Guzman was extradited to New York in January and is awaiting an April 2018 trial on the 17-count indictment. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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