With ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán locked up abroad, the shift in Mexico’s cartel underworld grinds on

2/6/2017 Business Insider

ElChapoSinaloa cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán went before a US judge on Friday, his second appearance in a US court since his sudden extradition hours before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

He was taken to the Brooklyn court from a high-security lockup in Manhattan with a heavy police escort, and when his American lawyers complained about the harsh conditions faced in jail — a complaint lodged by his Mexican attorneys as well — Judge Brian Cogan was unreceptive.

“They’re taking extra security measures,” Cogan said. “I think we all know the reasons for that.”

Guzmán will likely remain confined to a cell in New York for 23 hours a day in the weeks and months ahead, as his case winds through the court system. Events in Mexico, where he leaves behind one of the most powerful and expansive cartels ever assembled, will grind on without him as well.

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