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Mexican Drug Lord to Get First Family Visit This Week

NEW YORK Ė Drug lord Joaquin ďEl ChapoĒ (Shorty) Guzman will receive his first family visit this week since being extradited to the US from Mexico, his legal team said on Monday.

Guzman is scheduled to have the meeting on Thursday, providing an opportunity for him to make arrangements with his family for hiring private defense attorneys and paying them.

The judge handling the case ruled on Monday that the government did not have to guarantee payment for the drug lordís defense and warned Guzmanís attorneys that if they wanted to represent him, they would have to bear the risk of having their fees frozen.

The drug lordís legal team, led by Jeffrey Lichtman and Eduardo Balarezo, told reporters that it was ready to begin working on his defense but needed guarantees that fees would be paid.

The US government wants the jailed Sinaloa drug cartel leader to forfeit more than $14 billion in illicit proceeds from his criminal activities and refuses to rule out seizing any funds paid to defense attorneys.

Guzman has been represented until now by public defenders, who appeared in federal court on Monday in Brooklyn on his behalf.

Bernarda Guzman, the drug traffickerís sister, will meet with him in prison on Thursday, defense sources said.

The drug lordís attorneys, however, did not identify the relative who would meet with their client.

El Chapo was captured in Los Mochis, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, in January 2016 and extradited to the US on Jan. 19.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by Mexican officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico.

The Sinaloa organization, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

 

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