The arrest of a drug kingpin’s son triggered extreme violence, which saw armed men unleash terror across the city.
Heavy gunfire rocked the city of Culiacan in clashes that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for cover after authorities captured Ovidio Guzman, son of jailed Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman.
The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the US to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.
29-year-old Emma Coronel said she was calling for interested designers to make contact via her lawyer Mariel Colon, one of the defense attorneys who represented her husband.
The charges include trafficking tonnes of illegal drugs into the US, and engaging in a criminal enterprise while leading the Sinaloa Cartel. The verdict means Guzman is now facing life in prison.
Prosecutors say Guzman amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murder and smuggling drugs, while his former associates say the drug lord paid millions of dollars in bribes to Mexican officials.
Miguel Angel "El Gordo" Martinez said in the kingpin's New York trial that four attempts on his life took place in Mexican prisons between his arrest in 1998 and his arrival in the United States in 2001.
The trial has started under heavy security. Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected while more than a dozen of the several hundred witnesses expected to testify are in witness protection programs.
Joaquín Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, will be standing trial in New York under high security. And a total of 27 people have so far been dismissed as potential jurors, out of nearly 60 who have been questioned.
Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's trial started on Monday with the selection of jurors in Brooklyn federal court. If convicted, Guzman faces life in prison.
Moving 'El Chapo' from a maximum security jail in Manhattan to a court in Brooklyn has already proved to be a major security headache amid fears the Mexican drug lord may attempt a third jailbreak.
Mexico turned over Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to the United States, where the indictment against him carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.
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