Federal prosecutors claimed more than $ 12.6 billion from the convicted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman on Friday. This is a confiscation claim that is (among other things) based on the assumption that he has sold 582,000 kilos of cocaine in the United States.
Several witnesses in the case have stated that the Sinaloa cartel in New York sold cocaine for 35,000 dollars per kilo and heroin for 55,000 kilos. One of El Chapo’s lawyers called it a “crazy” claim because his client “doesn’t have that money.” According to the prosecutors, it does not matter whether or not Guzman would have that ability because “deprivation is part of the criminal proceedings.”
Another lawyer spoke of “an academic exercise as the government has never been able to find or prove a cent of these revenues of 12.7 billion.”