Loera was convicted Tuesday after a 3-month trial in New York that made public the secret inner workings of his multinational black market Fortune 500 corporation, the Sinaloa Cartel. Prosecutors argued that Los Sinaloas furnished untold tons of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines for decades to dealers across the globe.

The verdict effectively ends the career of “El Mero León Del Corrido,” or alpha lion, as a kind of robin hood crime kingpin, rendering him an incarcerated figurehead with little if any real sway regarding the decision-making for his former empire.

Unfortunately for him, Guzman will almost certainly serve the balance of his sentence not in Mexico, but here in the U.S., likely at ADX Florence, the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” which was described by one of its former wardens as “a clean version of hell.”

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for Guzman, but a conclusion he no doubt was keenly aware of. El Chapo dealt in an industry that rules by violence and metes out the most severe penalties – typically life in prison or death — with a cold swiftness as the next eight applicants jockey for his vacant spot. Hasta luego, Chapo.

Source: The New York Times

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