NEW YORK CITY – Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn on February 12, 2019 of all drug trafficking counts following a three month trial.
Following the verdict, President Trump in a tweet on Tuesday declared that the wall would finally be funded by the $14 billion seized from El Chapo’s drug empire.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act in April 2017, which calls for the use of the $14 billion seized from the cartel drug lord to be used to pay for the wall.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” Cruz said in a statement.
America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder. https://t.co/hPwEUVM6SP
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2019
Democrats quickly denounced the move to build the wall on the southern border saying that “the wall would decrease the volume of cocaine and illegal domestic servants which would lower our standard of living”.