US jury sees texts sent by El Chapo while on the run

NEW YORK (AP) — Text messages sent by the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo about narrowly avoiding capture in 2012 have become the latest damaging evidence at his U.S. trial.

Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) texted to his wife that a raid on a coastal mansion in Baja happened very quickly, but that he was able to slip away. He also tells her he loves her and will see her soon.

Prosecutors presented the texts Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, where Guzman has pleaded not guilty to drug-trafficking charges.

Guzman was a feared and admired crime boss in Mexico who was perhaps best known for escaping jail twice. He was recaptured and sent to the U.S. in 2017.

On Tuesday, jurors heard recordings of Guzman giving orders to cartel members.

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