El Chapo seeks free pass

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - Miami, Florida

LAWYERS for Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man say they’re dis­ap­pointed a judge won’t dis­miss his New York drug traf­fick­ing case, set for trial in April.

Guz­man was trans­ported from Mex­ico to New York in Jan­uary on charges of over­see­ing a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­ter­na­tional drug traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion.

El Chapo’s lawyers say they be­lieve his rights were vi­o­lated and hope the Supreme Court de­cides favourably for him.

Pros­e­cu­tors say El Chapo will have to an­swer for a life of crime. ABOUT 1.5 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses in Florida and Ge­or­gia re­main with­out power af­ter be­ing caught in Hur­ri­cane Irma’s deadly path.

Irma, one of the most pow­er­ful At­lantic storms on record be­fore strik­ing the US main­land on Septem­ber 10, killed at least 84 peo­ple.

Caribbean islands, in­clud- ing Puerto Rico and the US Vir­gin Islands, suf­fered more than half of the fa­tal­i­ties.

Florida Power & Light was work­ing to re­store power to al­most a quar­ter of its cus­tomers.

The storm’s death toll grew to at least 33 peo­ple in Florida af­ter a woman died of sus­pected car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing from a gen­er­a­tor. Eight oth­ers died in Ge­or­gia and the Caroli­nas.

Joachim Guz­man

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