News

Mexican drug-lord ‘El Chapo’ ran his crime empire using Canadian servers, prosecutors say at trial

Mexican drug-lord ‘El Chapo’ ran his crime empire using Canadian servers, prosecutors say at trial
World
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.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Top Stories
Drug trafficking kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman enjoyed a feature of Canadian made BlackBerry cellphones that allowed him to secretly keep tabs on his wife, mistresses and business associates, according to...
World
In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, left, poses with an unidentified man. United...
Top Stories
An information technology expert living in Colombia, he had previously set up an encrypted communications system for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, making it impossible for law enforcement to eavesdrop on...
World
NEW YORK Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman orchestrated a two decade campaign to flood the United States with tons of cocaine as a ruthless leader of the Sinaloa...
World
NEW YORK Reuters U.S. prosecutors said they want the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to spend the rest of his life plus 30 years in...