President’s Drug Money – level 3
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, ran Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel from 1989 to 2014. During that time, the cartel allegedly imported more than 200 metric tons of cocaine to the US along with heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.
In 2017, El Chapo was extradited to the USA and he has been on trial since November. If he is found guilty, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. El Chapo’s business partner told a New York court room last Tuesday that El Chapo bribed the now-former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. He said that the former president originally asked for $250 million from El Chapo, but they allegedly settled on $100 million, which he then paid to the then-president-elect in 2012.
Enrique Peña Nieto stopped being president just last year, in 2018. His spokesman said that he didn’t take the bribe.
Difficult words: allegedly (according to what some people say; it may or may not be true), extradite (hand over a criminal to a foreign country where he or she did something illegal), bribe (give money to somebody to do what you want them to do).
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