Last Minute Obama Gift? Kingpin 'El Chapo' Extradited on Inauguration Eve
In what some considered a last minute gift to former President Barack Obama or a goodwill gesture to President Trump, Mexico extradited drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to New York.
Guzman, 59, landed late Thursday at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and was then transported to an infamous federal lockup facility in New York City, where the likes of John Gotti and several allies of Osama bin Laden were once held.
He was extradited after the drug lord escaped twice from maximum-security prisons in Mexico, and now sits in the Metropolitan Correctional Center near New York's City Hall.
Guzman pleaded not guilty on Friday in Brooklyn to several charges related to running a multinational drug cartel operation from 1989 to 2014, trafficking drugs and cash worth more than $14 billion and using violence and torture to hold onto power, Bryan Llenas reported.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers called Guzman a "man known for... a life of crime, violence, death and destruction," while the cartel leader's attorney, Michael Schneider, said he has not seen "any evidence that Mr. Guzman has done anything wrong."
Schneider also questioned whether Guzman was properly extradited to the United States.
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