Prosecutors launched their opening salvo against accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Brooklyn federal court late Tuesday, portraying him as a grisly villain driven by cash and narcotics to commit untold acts of violence. “Money. Cash. Murder,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told the jury in his 30-minute opening statement. “A vast global narcotics trafficking empire—that’s what this case is about, and what the evidence will show.” Guzman stands accused in a 17-count indictment of conspiring to bring more than 200 metric tons, almost a half-million pounds, of cocaine into the United States over nearly three decades as leader of the Sinaloa cartel, long billed by prosecutors as “the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world.” “And the kingpin?” Fels said rhetorically, gesturing toward Guzman. “That man.” Despite these allegations, Guzman, who listened attentively through a translator at his side, appeared unperturbed throughout the day’s court proceedings. When he walked in shortly before 10 a.m., dressed in a navy blue suit, he waved at his doting beauty-queen wife, Emma Coronel, who observed the case from the gallery. Fels claimed that Guzman moved so much coke that just four of his shipments could provide “more than a line of… Read full this story
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