America

El Chapo facing rest of life in US prison; seizure of US$14 billion

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could face the rest of his life in a US prison and have $14bn of his drug-trafficking profits seized by American authorities, US prosecutors said on Friday, a day after the cartel kingpin was extradited from Mexico to stand trial in New York.

Guzmán was due to make his first appearance at the Brooklyn federal court on Friday afternoon charged with leading a vast and murderous criminal operation that distributed 200 tons of cocaine for sale on American streets.