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The Latest: Witness details spending habits of 'El Chapo'

November 27, 2018 - 10:25 AM

NEW YORK - The Latest on the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local):

1 p.m.

A government witness has been testifying about the lavish spending habits of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo."

Former cartel member Miguel Angel Martinez told a jury Tuesday at the New York trial of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN' el CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN') that the "cocaine boom" of the early 1990s made Guzman so wealthy that he had a private zoo at his ranch in Guadalajara.

The witness says Guzman bought a $10 million beach house in Acapulco. He also said the defendant once travelled to Switzerland for an anti-aging treatment.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to drug-trafficking charges. He says he's being framed.

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10:10 a.m.

The judge at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (wah-KEEN' el CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN') has instructed defence lawyers to respond by week's end to prosecutors' complaints about them.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors are seeking sanctions against the defence based on allegations that unauthorized communication occurred between Guzman and his wife.

Before testimony resumed on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said he'll take up the issue next week after seeing the defence's response. He said any immediate concerns have already been resolved.

Guzman's wife, meanwhile, was back in her regular spot in the courtroom gallery.

Lawyers for Guzman have not responded to comment requests.

The defendant is being held in high-security confinement that restricts family contact.

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8:35 a.m.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors are seeking sanctions against defence lawyers for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (wah-KEEN' el CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN') based on allegations that unauthorized communication occurred between the Mexican drug lord and his wife.

The request was made early Tuesday in a heavily redacted court filing.

A member of Guzman's defence team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Guzman is being held in high-security confinement that restricts family contact.

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