‘El Chapo’: the US desires drug lords to forfeit billions of dollars
Prosecutors demand that Guzman needs to pay back all the money he made from trafficking cocaine, heroin, and marijuana to the US.
The US prosecutors said they are seeking a court order that would require Joaquin Guzman, who is better known as El Chapo, to pay $12.7bn (£11.3bn) in forfeits, after he was jailed.
Back in February, Guzman was found guilty on all 10 of the counts he faced after a jury heard testimonies from more than 50 witnesses. Earlier in the week, a judge refused to give Guzman a retrial, after his lawyers accused the jury of misconduct.
It came as an interview was published in Vice News with a juror on the trial who alleged that the jury knowingly disobeyed court orders to not read or watch anything connected with the court case, during the trial.
The number represents the total amount of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin that Guzman was found guilty of trafficking, multiplied by the average prices of the drugs at the time.