Narco kingpin, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has notified the U.S. court in no uncertain terms he has no intention of cooperating, pleading guilty or cutting a deal. The 60-year-old head of the Sinaloa Cartel is ready to face the 17 charges related to his narco trafficking in a Brooklyn courtroom.
In a letter last week to the presiding judge via his criminal attorney Eduardo Balazero, El Chapo also happened to mention he has no money to pay his lawyers. Lawyers needed to mount a hefty defense. This ballsy statement has raised some eyebrows. Where are the supposed billions earned from decades of lucrative drug deaingl garnering him a net worth pegged between $3-to-$14 billion?
Guzman was first using U.S. taxpayer funded public defenders and then decided to get his own team of lawyers. Lawyers paid for by “friends” who are choosing to remain anonymous. Problem is most lawyers fear representing him, and fear not getting paid if the U.S. is true to their word and seize all of El Chapo’s assets.
So the question must be asked where is his family, and why aren’t they coming forward with the brown bags of money for the best defense money can buy?
Guzman claims since he isn’t allowed to meet with any family members he can’t instruct them where to get the money – meaning they won’t find it in a regular bank account. Other credible sources in Mexico say the family isn’t interested in paying for the narco’s defense. A for sure dangerous move but reports from Mexico say the family don’t think it’s a wise investment since El Chapo is likely to be found guilty, and spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison. And others report, the family lead by his sons rather invest El Chapo’s money into the business of the Sinaloa cartel.
El Chapo is asking U.S. authorities to allow him to speak in court – currently forbidden – so he can urge his family to pay his legal fees. The court is weighing the request, meanwhile no family member has publicly stated they are interested in listening to what El Chapo has to say.
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