Mexican drug-lord ‘El Chapo’ ran his crime empire using Canadian servers, prosecutors say at trial
|Toronto Star 10 Jan 2019 at 06:45|
A secret Canadian-based communications platform allowed reputed cocaine kingpin Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman to control hit men, organize global drug trafficking and direct corrupt cops, according to evidence in an ongoing Brooklyn trial .
It was only after Colombian Cristian Rodriguez, Guzman’s in-house computer geek, moved four servers out of Canada that American authorities were able tap into the encrypted messaging system at the heart of his billion-dollar empire, prosecutors argued at trial this week.
Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, left, poses with an unidentified man in a court exhibit presented at his Brooklyn trial. The Mexican drug-lord’s text messages, sent on a Canadian-made BlackBerry, are key evidence at his trial. (United States Attorney s Office for the Eastern District of New York)
Rodriguez is now a co-operating witness for the prosecution.
Guzman faces life in prison on conspiracy charges, as prosecutors contend he used the Canadian-based system to run an empire that trafficked narcotics and weapons and played a central role in Mexican drug wars that have left thousands dead.