Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

El Chapo Accused of Paedophilia, Poisoning Underage Girls With Drugs

El Chapo Accused of Paedophilia, Poisoning Underage Girls With Drugs

The jurors heard testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses about the 61-year-old Guzman's rise to power as head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Facing life in prison, El Chapo has been on trial since November on 10 charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, worldwide distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other drugs, and use of firearms.

But Cifuentes, who lived with Guzman in 2007 and 2008, did not mention any of this in four days of testimony during the trial, which ended on Thursday after three months of hearings.

In turn, Eduardo Balarezo, one of Guzman's attorneys, called these accusations "extremely salacious" and said that El Chapo denied them.

Notorious drug lord El Chapo drugged and raped minors and called them his "vitamins", according to a witness quoted in newly unsealed court documents.

Prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine into the United States over the span of three decades, wielding his muscle in Mexico through murder and wars with rival cartels.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said he was plotting yet another breakout when he was sent to NY in 2017, where he has been in solitary confinement ever since.

The defendant wanted to escape "because he is guilty and he never wanted to be in a position where he would have to answer for his crimes", Ms Goldbarg said.

The jury is set to begin deliberations Monday after a almost three-month trial on charges that as the head of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman oversaw a drug-smuggling empire that flooded the US market with at least 200 tons of cocaine and made $14 billion off of it.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2015, through a mile-long tunnel dug straight into his cell. He questioned both behind closed doors before allowing them to remain on the jury. "In front of you".

According to a USA court, the odious criminal had sex with underage girls, whom he called "vitamins", according to CBS News.

Longtime associate Alex Cifuentes told authorities a woman would send Guzman photos of young girls to choose from, with a fee of US$5,000 (RM20,482) per girl. The documents were initally sealed because the allegations did not directly relate to drugs trafficking charges.

The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with USA prosecutors.

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