The once Forbes-listed drug kingpin billionaire El Chapo has gone from fighting criminal competitors to fighting the U.S. Justice Department in hopes of preventing his extradition to stand trial for being a murderous gangster.
Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzmán Loera and who previously threatened to have Donald Trump killed over his remarks about Mexican immigrants, is now using The Donald as the chief excuse for not going to court in America.
"El Chapo’s lawyers are fighting efforts to extradite their client, the world’s most notorious drug kingpin, to the United States, where he would face a number of federal charges that include drug trafficking and murder," The Huffington Post reports.
His lawyers' argument: Loera cannot possibly receive a fair trial in the U.S. because Americans are so hostile to Mexicans. As proof of this rampant anti-Mexican hatred, Loera's team cited none other than the Republican presidential frontrunner and his infamous "rapists" comments. You can't make this stuff up.
Chapo was named 2013's Public Enemy #1 by the Chicago Crime Commission and was considered the world's most wanted man. He became known as the "Osama bin Laden of drug trafficking" by some U.S. officials for his ability to evade extradition. Due to his 5'6" frame, he was given the nickname "El Chapo," which translates to "shorty." His size is what also makes him so fond of the tunnels he infamously uses to escape capture and store nuts in for winter.
Humorless actor Sean Penn recently sat down with Guzman, who was on the lam at the time, for a brief interview and photo-op that some believe eventually led to his capture.