She will forever remain daddy’s little girl but she won’t forget her last encounter with her father who is the leader of the world’s most famous drug cartel and could now be spending the rest of his life in jail.
An emotional Rosa Isela Guzmán recalled the last time she met with Joaquín ‘
Rosa said during an interview with
‘If he committed a crime, that’s fine, he has to pay for it. But be fair, treat him as a person.’
Rosa Isela Guzmán (pictured) says she last saw Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán about three years ago
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is expected to be sentenced to life in prison in June after a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, found him guilty on 10 charges. He’s pictured above after his arrest in 2017
The Mexican drug lord has 13 children, including Rosa Isela Guzmán. El Chapo is seen above in a court sketch during Tuesday’s hearing
The meeting with his eldest daughter took place about a year before he was captured during a January 2017 raid in Mexico, leading to his extradition to the United States.
On Tuesday El Chapo was found guilty of all 10 charges, capping off a trial that lasted three months in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court.
Rosa, one of El Chapo’s 13 children, who is in remission from cancer, said she has asked her lawyers to reach out to her father’s legal team to set up a meeting with her dad.
The mother-of-four, who is in her 40s and was born in Mexico but holds U.S. citizenship, was once married to and had two children with Vicente Zambada Niebla, whose father is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, 71, and led the Sinaloa Cartel with El Chapo before assuming total control of the criminal organization.
Her former husband was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the U.S. He entered a plea agreement with U.S. justice officials in 2014 and was sentenced to 10 years after admitting to working for El Chapo.
However, El Mayo has proven to be an illusive figure and is wanted by the U.S. government.
Vicente Zambada Niebla (pictured) was once married to Rosa Isela Guzmán, El Chapo’s daughter. They had two children. He also testified against El Chapo during the three-month trial
The United States justice system is also looking to reel in Ismael Zambada, known as ‘El Mayo’. The 71-year-old Mexican man headed the Sinaloa Cartel with El Chapo and has proven to be an illusive figure
El Chapo (third from left to right) was captured in a January 2016 raid in México before he was extradited to the United States in January 2017
Rosa spoke about how El Chapo was a good father. ‘He was always a person who always gave good examples to us,’ she said.
‘I work and he always said that he was proud of me because I was very hardworking. He was proud of me. He always told me.’
El Chapo’s trial offered gruesome details of how he spearheaded an international organization that relied on murder, kidnap and torture to get its message across and reach its goals.
Rosa spoke about how El Chapo was a good father. ‘He was always a person who always gave good examples to us,’ she said
Prosecutors said El Chapo built a $14 billion fortune, and was responsible for 33 murders and trafficking more than 220 tons of cocaine as well as vast quantities of other drugs to America, Europe and the rest of the world.
But the distraught daughter, who along with her family members was not called to the witness stand at any point in the trial, said she had no knowledge of his dealings.
El Chapo is scheduled to be sentenced to life in a maximum-security prison without the possibility of parole in June.
‘I don’t know what he is going to feel, that he will not see us anymore because his adoration was his family, his children and his mother. He always put my grandmother first,’ Rosa said.
Vicente Zambada Niebla (left) testified against his El Chapo (second to the right) during his former father-in-law’s trial