“El Chapo,” the most notorious drug trafficker in the world is on trial in the US

December 2, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently tried in Brooklyn federal court. Guzman stands accused in a 17-count indictment of conspiring to bring more than 200 metric tons, almost a half-million pounds, of cocaine into the United States over nearly three decades as leader of the Sinaloa cartel, long billed by prosecutors as “the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels, in his opening statement told jury, “A vast global narcotics trafficking empire—that’s what this case is about, and what the evidence will show.” Guzman’s lead lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, countered that his client was the victim of a vast conspiracy that wracks the top levels of Mexican government and corrodes U.S. law enforcement. It was like a once in a lifetime appearance when two of the world’s top alleged drug lords were in the same room without a mega-kilo narcotics deal going down. Juan Carlos Ramírez-Abadía a former leader of Colombia’s Norte Valle cocaine cartel, testified as a prosecution witness Thursday against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, an alleged leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. Ramírez-Abadía testified that his organization used Guzmán’s operation to smuggle tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico and into the U.S.

Ramírez-Abadía was captured in Brazil in 2007, despite repeated plastic surgeries that radically altered his appearance. Federal investigators in the U.S. confirmed his identity with the use of voice recognition technology, a defense lawyer said at the time. It is one of the most sensational cases in history of drug trafficking. Guzmán has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have argued that Ramírez-Abadía and other government witnesses are liars who seek reduced sentences for their own crimes.



Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a legend in Mexico due to his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, plead not guilty in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn. His case is an opportunity for US law enforcement agencies and Attorney’s office to finally put him behind bars for the rest of his life. After years of his successful prison breaks and escapes in Mexico and the law enforcement in Mexico’s inability to capture and detain him, United States demanded that the most high-ranking drug lord ever be brought to trial in the United States. The U.S. agreed not to seek the death penalty in order to get him extradited from Mexico.

The case presents several challenges to ensure that the rule of law prevails in this trial. “No matter how powerful, or no matter how wealthy, or no matter your reach, American law enforcement is going to investigate and prosecute [you],” Andrew Porter, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago who worked on an indictment against Guzman for several years, told Vox Media. “That was the case decades ago. I expect that will be the case decades from now.” No doubt that the capture and extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is one of the biggest victory laps for decades of efforts of DEA. Question remains, how is it possible that defeating a drug lord or cartel doesn’t stop the flow of drugs? The problem is what’s known as the “hydra effect”: When one source of drugs shuts down, another takes its place, can the US as well as Mexican Drug Enforcement Agencies ensure that all kingpins including El Chapo are either captured of gangs dismantled? How can law enforcement agencies ensure that all mass murderers like El Chapo gets captured, and more importantly that the justice system, whether in the US or Mexico, shows these types of criminals that they can’t get away with their horrific crimes?


Since drugs are so lucrative, drug producers and traffickers don’t just cease to exist when governments detain or kill them. The business is so profitable that someone will always be there, willing to replace defunct organizations or leaders. In recent years, new developments in technology and communications equipment have enabled transnational criminals to plan, coordinate, and perpetrate their schemes with an increased mobility and anonymity. As a result, many trafficking organizations have developed into versatile, loose networks that allow them to cooperate intermittently, while being able to carry out illicit activities independently.

The primary aim of law enforcement is to collect quality intelligence sufficient to identify and disrupt the leadership of these complex criminal networks. Through proactive intelligence gathering, grassroots activities that fuel the production of drugs or facilitate the illegal trade of labor can be effectively intercepted. Continued reliance on traditional interrogation methods, which are highly prone to human error and are time-consuming can accelerate inefficiencies and inaccurate leads across thousands of cases. This is most evident in criminal identification, investigation, and in the quality intelligence collection.

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The methodology is simple. The proprietary software in iCognative technology matches crime-related information from the crime scene or available incriminating evidence with the information stored in the memory bank of a suspect. The system is purpose-built to achieve accuracy rates well above 99%. In accurately detecting what is known or unknown to a suspect, this solution can compellingly transform the tempo and efficacy required in investigation techniques. Waiting for tips from informants or calls from victims themselves subject to trafficking are reactive strategies that are prone to human error. Accurately corroborating victim testimonies make trafficking cases time-consuming. The transnational nature of drug cartels is difficult to pinpoint and unravel.   This drives agencies to prioritize other crimes that deliver faster results. The remarkable applications embedded in iCognative are designed to offset these challenges by offering a quick and easy means to corroborate evidence and cross-verify information. The solution can accurately reveal to what degree a suspect is involved in a trafficking case, what information a victim or perpetrator is concealing, and whether a suspect has any other incriminating information connected to other crimes. By matching testimonies of suspects, victims, or witnesses with readily intelligence available, iCognative offers a state of-the-art experience that law enforcement urgently needs. The security solution is designed to put an end to false alarms from faulty tips and manipulated accounts from suspects in question.

By creating tremendous value for law enforcement, iCognative is best positioned to mitigate the complex security risks facing the world today. The results provided by this technology in cases of human and drug trafficking can most often provide new leads and steps closer towards uncovering and stopping new or actual criminal networks and acts.

Source: USA Today, VOX, CNN