This is sure to make El Chapo homesick.
Just as U.S. federal prosecutors in Brooklyn issued a final plea to jurors Wednesday to convict accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, the president of Mexico announced his government will no longer prosecute cartel leaders.
“Capos will not be arrested, because that is not our strategy. It is no longer the intention to arm operatives against capos,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in Spanish at a press conference held Wednesday in Mexico City, according to reports.
“What we want is to reduce insecurity by attending to the causes,” he added.
Guzmán, known more commonly as El Chapo, has been on trial in federal court in Brooklyn since November 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to a 10-count indictment accusing him of leading the largest drug trafficking organization in history, the Sinaloa Cartel.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg concluded the government’s colossal case against the drug lord late Wednesday, asking jurors to find him guilty of all charges, which would send him to prison for life.