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Mexican Drug Trafficker El Chapo Loses Federal Conviction Appeal

Jan. 25, 2022, 8:55 PM

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera—known as El Chapo—on Tuesday lost his Second Circuit appeal challenging his convictions on charges related to drug trafficking, money laundering, firearm use, and criminal enterprise.

Guzmán’s appeal raised 10 separate challenges to his 2019 convictions, for which he was sentenced to multiple terms of life imprisonment and ordered to forfeit more than $12 billion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected each challenge, saying the district judge who heard the case “conducted the three-month trial with diligence and fairness, after issuing a series of meticulously crafted pretrial rulings.”

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