As a child living in poverty in Mexico, he peddled fruit just to eat. A lifetime later, as the world’s most wanted drug lord, his empire was so vast he commanded a fleet of submarines to move his wares. Now, it is reckoning time for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who will go on trial Monday in New York and faces life in prison if convicted of charges that for 25 years he flooded the United States with tons of cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine. While in prison for nearly two years Guzman, 61, has lost much of the aura of the feared and, for many in Mexico, beloved, drug kingpin he once enjoyed. He lost weight and says he has health problems. Guzman’s head is shaved and he wears humble blue prison garb. His trademark moustache is gone. In the hearings he has attended in US federal court, the judge has not even allowed him to speak. “I have headaches every day. I vomit almost every day. I need work done on two molars and they hurt a lot,” Guzman said in his only direct communication with Judge Brian Cogan in a letter sent in February. He complained that his… Read full this story
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