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Mexican Legislator Linked To ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Detained In San Diego


Credit: Associated Press

Above: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan, Feb. 22, 2014.

A former Mexican legislator linked to notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was charged Friday with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and made her first appearance in San Diego federal court.

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was arrested Wednesday morning at the Otay Mesa Cross Border Xpress, a bridge that connects Tijuana's A.L. Rodriguez International Airport with San Diego.

Magistrate Judge Barbara Major ordered Sanchez held without bail based on government claims of risk of flight and set a detention hearing for June 29.

Authorities said Sanchez is a former legislator from Sinaloa, Mexico, home base for Chapo's drug cartel.

Sanchez visited Guzman in September 2014 at a prison in Altiplano, Mexico, and months later he escaped through a tunnel that ran under his cell.

RELATED: Report: Homicides In Tijuana Rose Sharply In 2016

She has denied media reports that she is Guzman's girlfriend.

Guzman was recaptured in January 2016 and was extradited to the United States to face charges.


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