The man thought to be one of the chief aides to a convicted drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman He pleaded guilty to distributing over 150 kilograms of cocaine and over 30 kilograms of heroin in Chicago federal court on Friday.
The 51-year-old defendant, known as “The Engineer,” faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a possible life sentence.
During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, Sarabia said through an interpreter that he “always made his living as a cattle rancher,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. report.
Sarabia was handed over to face charges in June 2020. His sentencing is scheduled for his July 7th.
He was originally indicted alongside Guzman and others in a sweeping indictment in Chicago in 2009. Guzman was indicted in New York and is currently serving a life sentence.
Sarabia’s guilty plea comes days after the Mexican president said he would consider Guzman’s request to return from the United States to finish his sentence on humanitarian grounds.by one of his lawyers.
The founder of the Sinaloa Cartel has asked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for help because of the “mental distress” that Guzman claims he is suffering in a US prison.
“We will consider (the petition),” Lopez Obrador told reporters.
It is unclear whether Mexico has the authority to grant the request, but he added that “we must always keep our doors open when it comes to human rights.”
El Chapo is serving a life sentence in a high-security prison in Colorado.Charges including drug trafficking, money laundering, and weapons-related crimes.
he is in prisonFlorence, Colorado houses many notable inmates, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 co-conspirator Zacharias Moussaoui, and Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols. It has been. The facility is so safe, secluded, and solemn that it has been dubbed “Rocky’s Alcatraz.”
According to one of his lawyers, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, Guzman complains about harsh prison conditions such as segregation and lack of daylight.
one of the sons of El Chapo,was arrested by Mexican security forces this month in a dramatic shootout at the Culiacan city airport that killed 29 people.
The U.S. Department of State Offer up to $5 million in rewards Information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Ovidio Guzmán-López.
AFP contributed to this report.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/felipe-cabrera-sarabia-el-chapo-aide-pleads-guilty-chicago-distributing-cocaine-heroin/ ‘El Chapo’ aide Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, known as ‘The Engineer’, pleads guilty to distributing cocaine and heroin in Chicago