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Police apologise for sending officers in blackface to impersonate black drug dealers

Police apologise for sending officers in blackface to impersonate black drug dealersOne night in February 1993, Frankie Caruso and another white Baton Rouge detective darkened their faces to impersonate black drug dealers, as part of what was then characterised as a successful sting operation. The blackface operation, which current officials said had been approved by the Police Department, drew swift condemnation this week from the city’s mayor and its police chief. “Blackface photographs are inappropriate and offensive,” Police Chief Murphy J Paul Jr said in a statement on Monday.



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'This hurts': On El Chapo's home turf, some lament Mexican drug lord's conviction

'This hurts': On El Chapo's home turf, some lament Mexican drug lord's convictionGuzman was found guilty of smuggling tonnes of drugs into the United States over a decades-long career built on deadly intimidation and bloody turf wars as he moved illicit shipments across continents at lightning speed. Reaction in his native state of Sinaloa, home to remote mountain villages and sunny beaches along Mexico’s Pacific coast, ranged from lament to resignation that little will change now that Guzman is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. “Trafficking drugs will continue,” said Gildardo Velazquez in Cuiliacan, the state’s humid capital.



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El Chapo tearful in footage released after conviction for running multibillion-dollar drug empire

El Chapo tearful in footage released after conviction for running multibillion-dollar drug empireFootage has emerged of Mexican drug lord El Chapo in tears as he arrived in the US following his arrest in 2017. The 61-year-old, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was convicted on Tuesday of running a major criminal enterprise smuggling drugs worth billions of dollars into the US. In the wake of his conviction, the US Justice Department released a video showing him staring blankly out of an aeroplane window, before wiping away a tear upon disembarking.



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El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty and faces life in prison

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty and faces life in prisonMexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman faced a drumbeat of drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions that could put the 61-year-old escape artist behind bars for decades in a maximum-security US prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. New York jurors whose identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days in the expansive case, sorting through what authorities called an “avalanche” of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the US.



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'El Chapo' faces prison for life, but Mexico drug trade persists

'El Chapo' faces prison for life, but Mexico drug trade persistsGuzman, 61, was found guilty on all 10 charges in federal court in New York after an 11-week trial that revealed the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s biggest drug gang. While Guzman has been effectively removed from the drug trade, a former associate has taken over the reins of the cartel, one of many gangs that smuggle drugs from Mexico to the United States. Largely because of that, the trial has not changed the “rules of war” against the drug trade, security analyst Alejandro Hope said, aside from perhaps scaring cartels into exercising more caution after testimony revealed how law enforcement infiltrated Guzman’s networks.



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Federal jury finds drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán guilty of all counts

Federal jury finds drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán guilty of all countsA federal jury in Brooklyn slammed the door on a final escape bid by Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.



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'El Chapo' trial reveals drug lord's love life, business dealings

'El Chapo' trial reveals drug lord's love life, business dealingsIn one recorded call, Guzman tells an associate, “Don’t be so harsh… take it easy with the police.” The partner responds: “You taught us to be a wolf.” ** Text messages between Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel, often turned to family matters. “I’m going to give her an AK-47 so she can hang with me.” ** After Coronel said she saw a suspicious car, Guzman wrote to her, “You go ahead and lead a normal life. The same day, he grinned broadly at audience member Alejandro Edda, the Mexican actor who plays Guzman in the Netflix television drama “Narcos.” LOVERS AND BUSINESS ** Multiple “wives” visited Guzman when he was hiding in Sinaloa, said Alex Cifuentes, a former close partner.



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Feds rest case against Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán; accused drug lord won't testify in his own defense

Feds rest case against Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán; accused drug lord won't testify in his own defenseAccused Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, facing federal charges that could put him in prison for life, has opted not to testify in his own defense.



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As El Chapo trial nears end, will the alleged Mexican drug lord testify in his own defense?

As El Chapo trial nears end, will the alleged Mexican drug lord testify in his own defense?Will accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán speak in his own defense, to rebut the avalanche of testimony provided by his former associates?



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'El Chapo' trial: a three-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade

'El Chapo' trial: a three-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug tradeOver the space of nearly three months, a New York jury has heard 54 witnesses deliver dramatic evidence against accused Mexican drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Former associates, ex-employees and a onetime mistress, most of them now inmates in American prisons, have drawn a blood-soaked picture of the Sinaloa cartel — of which El Chapo was co-leader for 25 years — confirming that violent TV series like “Narcos” about notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar have not strayed far from the truth. According to the witnesses, the Sinaloa cartel flooded the United States with cocaine with the blessing of countless police, military officers and Mexican officials — going all the way up to the president — who turned their heads in exchange for bribes worth millions.



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