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US attorney: Drug kingpin Guzman faces life in prison

Capers said Guzman also faces maximum life sentences on the other drug trafficking charges.

FILE: Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK – Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman will be arraigned on Friday in a 17-count indictment, including a charge of leading a continuing criminal enterprise that carries a mandatory life prison term, a US attorney said on Friday.

"Today marks a milestone in our pursuit of Chapo Guzman," Robert Capers, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York told a news conference.

Capers said Guzman also faces maximum life sentences on the other drug trafficking charges.

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