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Davenport police confirm second shots fired call in one night

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DAVENPORT,Iowa-Police confirmed  a second shooting on the night of Friday October 18.

Police are at 36th and Davenport Avenue right by Brady Street Stadium where the shots seem to have originated.

Our team in the area say police have laid dozens of evidence tags around the area and are canvassing with flashlights.
More than 10 officers can be seen assisting with the search.
Police have not confirmed if anyone was injured or if this and the earlier shooting are related.

40,000 people are about to run a marathon in the world’s most polluted city

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(CNN) — More than 40,000 marathoners are preparing to compete on Sunday in the Indian capital New Delhi, where air pollution has reached dangerous levels.

Images of the city this week show it blanketed in a thick yellow smog, some buildings barely visible through the haze. The air quality index, which ranks pollution on a scale of 0 to 500, reached 227 on Friday — classed as “very unhealthy.”

This score reflects the concentration of fine particle matter, known as PM2.5, per cubic meter. According to the World Health Organization, an acceptable air quality index score for humans to breathe regularly is 25.

Unsurprisingly, running in this environment can be dangerous. Microscopic pollutants like PM2.5, which are smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, can enter deep into a person’s lungs and bloodstream, increasing risk of respiratory problems, cancer, stroke and heart attack. Physical exercise can increase the amount of pollutants breathed in by up to five times.

But still, a record high of 40,633 people are planning to run the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, which includes other categories like a 10-kilometer race (about 6.2 miles) and a senior citizens’ race. All the races will start and end at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the south of the city, following different looped routes.

Organizers are taking a number of measures to try and combat the health risks. Ahead of the race on Sunday, they will spray the entire course with water mixed with “ecologically safe” chemical reactants, which is meant to reduce and remove dust and pollutants like particulate matter, according to the marathon website.

They will also attempt to use a more high-tech, largely unproven method — transmitting Wi-Fi pulses through the air to push pollution particles in different directions, similar to the push of a magnet, the site said.

Organizers told CNN there would also be medical facilities and medical staff throughout the route.

Some runners are still worried. Jonathan Gil Harris, who has been running marathons in India since 2012, says the air has worsened noticeably in the past four years.

“It hasn’t stopped people from running but it is a very real challenge and concern with the levels of pollution reaching what they have,” he said. “You see more runners running with the masks, looking to get out of Delhi for their running.”

He added that although he was glad organizers were trying to go green, the Wi-Fi technology felt like “a band aid on a great gaping wound.”

“It would be nice to see actual progress,” he said. “(The government) keep telling us they’re doing so but the empirical evidence for a runner suggests otherwise.”

CNN has reached out to the Department of Environment in the Delhi government for comment.

There are some ways runners can better prepare themselves for the pollution — face or gas masks with air filters are often used during marathons in other polluted cities. During the 2014 Beijing Marathon, many runners were geared up with in masks and protective eyewear like swimming goggles.

Other leading runners stayed away entirely or dropped out halfway. British runner Chas Pope, 39, pulled out after 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) after seeing the blackened air filters on his face mask.

According to Airtel representatives, no runners have dropped out as of Friday.

The world’s most polluted city

New Delhi has been the world’s most polluted city for years, according to Greenpeace and AirVisual, which found it had an average air quality index of 135.8 in 2018 — almost three times the level which the US Environmental Protection Agency regards as healthy.

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has long campaigned against air pollution, and called the city a “gas chamber” in 2017.

The pollution has intensified in recent weeks — which officials say is because of fires caused by crop burning in neighboring states like Haryana and Punjab. Every year, farmers across these fertile regions set fire to their fields to clear them for the next season.

Similar tactics have also caused devastating wildfires in Indonesia and the Brazilian Amazon this summer.

Kejriwal has called for an end to the crop-clearing practice, as well as action in other sectors such as transport — last month, he and other officials announced a new road rationing measure that if implemented, would require odd- and even-numbered vehicles to only operate on odd or even dates, in an attempt to cut back on emissions, CNN-News18 reported.

He also said at a press conference Thursday that the Delhi government was working to distribute masks and implement pollution mitigation measures like the sprinkling of water on roads. Earlier in September, he had said the government was trying to procure up to 6 million masks.

Air quality typically plunges in the winter, exacerbated by the combination of lower temperatures, crop-clearing, and Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali is celebrated with firecrackers and has posed a persistent pollution problem — last year, the Indian Supreme Court banned the sale of most firecrackers, but to no avail. People continued to buy and use them, and parts of the capital after Diwali reported levels of pollution almost 40 times those considered “safe” by the World Health Organization.

In efforts to combat the Diwali pollution, New Delhi authorities this year are also granting fewer licenses to pyrotechnic vendors than usual, and the Health Ministry urged the public to use more environmentally friendly firecrackers, according to CNN affiliate CNN-News18.

Usually, the Airtel races takes place in November — but this year, organizers moved it to October, taking place before Diwali. This has reassured some runners — Harsh Vardhan Sahni, 33, called Diwali “the big culprit” of pollution.

“What’s made a difference to me is that they’ve scheduled it before Diwali,” said Sahni, who is competing in the Airtel races for the first time. He added that he wasn’t too concerned about pollution, and that “the air quality is getting worse but it doesn’t alarm me.”

“This is the air we live and breathe in anyway so it’s not like a few hours on one particular morning will make a difference,” he said.

Man mugged and shot in Davenport, what we know

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DAVENPORT, Iowa- Police have confirmed several shots were fired near Leclaire street in Davenport.

Friday, October 18 around 7:21 p.m Davenport Police responded to the area of 1600 LeClaire Street for a robbery and a person that had been shot.

Officers located a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by two male subjects, one displayed a gun.

Both of the men demanded money and shots were fired during the encounter, both suspects fled the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

A woman who livestreamed a crash that killed her sister is out of prison and arrested again

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(CNN) — In 2017, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez livestreamed a video as she was driving drunk during a crash that killed her younger sister. She was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and served less than two years in prison. She was released last month.

She was arrested again Thursday.

Sanchez, now 20, was arrested in Stockton, California, on weapons and traffic charges around 1:30 a.m., according to the Stockton Police Department.

She is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail, with multiple felony gun charges and court dates scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

CNN has not been able to determine if she has a lawyer. The San Joaquin Public Defender office told CNN an attorney will be appointed for Sanchez after those initial court dates.

Officers tried to pull Sanchez over for what they say was a vehicle code violation, but officers said she kept driving. She led them on a “short vehicle pursuit,” eventually driving her car off the roadway, Stockton Police said in a statement on their Facebook page.

She livestreamed a fatal drunken driving accident

In July 2017, Sanchez had been livestreaming on Instagram when she crashed, and her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline, was thrown from the car and killed, the California Highway Patrol said.

At the time, CNN chose to not show the video publicly due to its graphic nature. In the recording, Sanchez is heard addressing her sister, “Jacqueline, please wake up.”

That accident occurred near Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose.

Sanchez was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and for endangering a child, and was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars, according to Ike Dodson, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

But given time served and earned credits, she was released from prison last month after serving just over a year and a half.

Arrested again

After Sanchez drove off the road during the latest incident, a man also ran from the car and was able to escape, Stockton police said in their Facebook post.

Police arrested Sanchez without a struggle. When they searched her vehicle, they discovered a loaded gun, according to Officer Joe Silva.

Police say they’re analyzing the handgun to determine whether it’s been used in any crimes, and Silva said they’re working to find the passenger who fled the scene.

Her father, Nicandro Sanchez, told CNN affiliate KTXL that he spoke to his daughter hours after her arrest at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Nicandro Sanchez said that his daughter’s license is suspended.

“She (got) scared of the police,” he said. “That’s why she ran.”

He also said he didn’t think the gun the police found was his daughter’s, saying instead that he thought it belonged to male passenger who was with her.

Sanchez was charged with five felony weapons charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm; evading a peace officer; five traffic violations and a parole violation.

Oklahoma girl, 9, mauled by dogs that escaped from shelter

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WANETTE, Okla. (KFOR) - A 9-year-old Oklahoma girl is recovering after she was viciously attacked by three dogs that got loose on her street.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call Tuesday evening for a child who had been bitten by a dog.

“Well, when (the deputy) gets out there, he realizes it’s much, much different than that,” said Sheriff Mike Booth.

The 9-year-old was huddled in her mother’s arms, covered in a blanket when the deputy arrived. When they lifted the blanket up, he saw that she was covered in "dog bites and several severe lacerations,” according to court documents.

“Just from the injuries, you know the pain that she’s in and the pain that the family’s in,” Booth said.

The girl told deputies it happened when she was riding her bike down the road from her home. She got off her bike to pick up some pretty rocks she saw to take home, and that’s when the three dogs attacked.

Investigators said she'll likely need dozens of stitches, and could have lasting nerve damage that could affect her mobility.

“It’s, it’s pretty tough,” the sheriff said. "Even as long as you’ve been doing what I’ve been doing, it’s pretty tough to see and understand and know what that child went through.”

Investigators learned the dogs came from Forgotten Treasure Animal Rescue, which is new to the area. Two of them were rescue dogs, the third was a family pet.

“Then [the owners] got there. They fully cooperated, and they did give us the records that the dogs did have their rabies shots,” Sheriff Booth said. “The owner said the dogs would be euthanized today or [were euthanized] yesterday.”

The situation is both heartbreaking and frustrating for the sheriff.

"We don’t really have animal control laws out in the county," he said.

He believes incidents like these could be better prevented if owners could be cited when their animals get loose. It would add incentive to keep pets safely locked up, and provide funding for effective animal control.

In the meantime, he's asking anyone to report loose animals they spot.

"The more incidents we have, the more reports that we have, the more ammunition we’ve got to go help to make changes," Sheriff Booth said.

KFOR attempted to contact the owners of the dogs at their home and by phone, but did not receive a response by the time the article was published.

Hospitals scramble as they face shortage of a vital cancer drug for children

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) - The University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the many cancer treatment centers nationwide dealing with a shortage of the generic drug Vincristine.

Vincristine is a standard treatment, primarily for children with leukemia, lymphoma, bone and brain cancers.

Around two weeks ago, drugmaker Pfizer faced production problems. The other maker of Vincristine, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, had stopped production for business reasons.

"It is an essential drug in almost all of our pediatric cancers,” said Dr. Jong Hee Chung, a pediatric oncologist with UC Davis, told KTXL. “It's very unfortunate that a shortage like this would occur."

Chung said their pharmacy was able to stock up on the drug and that rescheduling treatments would enable the center to treat all its patients. However, she said it’s unknown what they will do for long-term supplies.

Federal drug officials said Pfizer would be stepping up production by the end of October but supply chain gaps could prolong the shortage to the end of the year.

The nonprofit Children's Oncology Group said such shortages of life-saving drugs should never happen.

It said recent Medicare rules allow reimbursement for no more than 6% of the average price of cancer drugs. A vial of Vincristine costs around $5.

That could explain why drug makers have stopped production in favor of more profitable drugs.

Some have suggested that the government begin stockpiling vital cancer drugs in case of shortages or import them from overseas where they are produced in higher quantities.

Parent ‘extremely lucky’ after pole skewers car – minutes after school drop-off

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) — One North Carolina parent had a terrifyingly close call during a crash Friday morning.

Thomasville police shared photos of the car crash near Winston Street.

“No injuries but extremely lucky!” police said in the Twitter post. 

The parent driving had just dropped off their child at school when they crashed into a utility pole and the pole ended up smashing through one of the backseat windows.

Police closed Salem Street from Winston Street to Lodge Drive.

According to Duke Energy, 241 people are without power in the area.

Single car accident on Salem Street near Winston Street. No injuries but extremely lucky! Parent had just dropped off child at school. Expect delays in the area for repairs. pic.twitter.com/RWRaIQ7d4W

— Thomasville PD (@ThomasvillePD) October 18, 2019

Channel Cat suspends weekend service due to high waters

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MetroLINK has announced a change to the schedule for the Channel Cat Water Taxi for the weekend of October 19th and 20th.

Due to high river waters, the taxi service announced in a press release that it will not be operating on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th.

MetroLINK also said that weekend service should resume on Friday, October 25th barring river conditions and inclement weather.

Chick-fil-A’s first UK location slated for closure days after opening

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BERKSHIRE, England – Shortly after Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in the UK, the location is set to close amid pressure from gay rights groups over past donations to anti-LGBTQ groups.

Amid calls for boycott, shopping center The Oracle decided eight days after Chick-fil-A opened that “the right thing to do” was to let the restaurant’s six-month trial lease expire, The BBC reports.

The family-owned business, based in Atlanta, has been the criticized in the past for helping fund groups that condemn homosexuality. Think Progress reports that Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to “discriminatory groups” in 2017.

The company’s CEO, Dan T. Cathy, also made comments in 2012 about gay marriage that ignited a backlash online.

Chick-fil-A addressed protests over donations, saying in a March statement that the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s giving “helps with economic mobility of young people by focusing on homelessness and poverty, education, and community revitalization, and is done with no political or social agenda.”

Indiana woman found guilty after fatally striking 3 siblings at school bus stop

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FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WXIN) – The woman behind the wheel when three children were hit and killed at their bus stop in Rochester has been found guilty.

Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was found guilty of three felony counts of reckless homicide, a count of criminal recklessness and passing a school bus causing injury.

She faces more than 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for December 18.

Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were hit and killed as they were getting on their school bus in October, 2018. A fourth child was also injured.

The family of the three victims pushed hard for a bill that increases penalties for a driver who disregard flashing red lights and stop arms on school buses. It became state law on July 1.

Residents can now face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for passing a school bus with a stop arm out.

Home Depot and local veteran motorcycle association build new roof for veteran in need

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DAVENPORT, Iowa- Home Depot and the 39-4 chapter of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association IA teamed up to build a new roof for a veteran living in Davenport.

On Friday, October 18 around a dozen men and women were at 2307 W. 38th Place in Davenport to build a much needed roof for Chris Bauman.

He says he's owned the house for about 10 years and it had gotten so bad that even the people working on his roof were falling through!

"There's no way it would stand up to the snow this winter"-Bauman

The man leading the project is Eric "BlackHeart" Deney, the Public Relations Officer for chapter 39-4.

He says Bauman has had a string of bad luck over the last 3 years. they will be working on his roof 12 hours a day for around 4 days "if the weather cooperates."

Home Depot contributed the supplies and truck and the motorcycle chapter is providing the muscle.

Chris Bauman and his wife made sure there were food and drinks for the people working.

YOUR HEALTH: Print your own bones

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TUCSON, Arizona – People who suffer catastrophic breaks to their long leg bones usually face multiple surgeries, and all too often, amputation.

Yudith Burreal broke her leg when an ATV rolled on her a year ago.

"It was completely missing," she recalled.   "They didn't know, it was a big chunk of my bone.  It was my Tibia bone."

Her doctors used her bone and marrow to fix the break.

But Yudith ended her plans to go into the military, believing her leg wouldn't support her in training.

Scientists at the University of Arizona have been working for more than 20 years to improve the treatment protocol.

University of Arizona researchers are developing a way to fix broken long bones with stem cells, a 3-D printed scaffold, and a sensor to monitor exercise that helps bones heal.

"If we can fill our scaffold with these cells, the bone will start to form throughout the length of the scaffold," explained Dr. John Szivek, Professor, orthopaedic surgeon and head of orthopedic research, Director at the University's Robert G. Volz Orthopedic Research Laboratory.

Stem cells are multiplied in a lab and run with calcium particles through the scaffold between the bone ends.

A rod holds it in place for six to nine months.

"The scaffold is just a template," said Dr. Szivek.   "That template will help that new bone form in the right shape and structure."

"Lately, we have been successful with removing all of the supporting hardware and showing that supporting the bone that we're regrowing is actually functional tissue, to show that it does not need any additional orthopedic hardware in order to function," added Dr. David Margolis, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arizona.

This work is funded by a $2 million grant from the Defense Department.

"We believe that using this type of approach could regrow the bones for the soldiers and they would be able to return to active military service," said Dr. Szivek.

Researchers will report the recent success they've had with procedures on sheep to the FDA.

If the agency accepts it, a phase one trial of fewer than ten people could start soon at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Silvis woman waits weeks for a furnace fix – blaming warranty company and contractor

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SILVIS, Illinois – Silvis homeowner, Katrina Pettit, says she’s been waiting for a Geneseo company to come fix her furnace for weeks.

Pettit moved into her home four months ago.  She knew when she bought it there could be a problem with the furnace, which is why she purchased a home warranty plan with American Home Shield.  They contract with JK Plumbing and Heating in Geneseo and after little communication she feels left alone.

Buying your first home is supposed to be exciting, but for Pettit it’s been the complete opposite. She bought her house knowing the 20-year-old furnace wasn’t in the best of shape.

When she bought her home, her realtor advised her to buy home warranty to save some money.

Pettit purchased a warranty plan with American Home Shield and when her furnace stopped working a month ago, AHS called JK Plumbing and Heating.

“He came on October 1st to check on my furnace,” Pettit recalls.

She says he didn’t fix the problem that time and told Pettit he would put in a work order.  Since then, Pettit has been warming up her home with space heaters. She says the contractor came one more time two weeks later.

“He came, he was here for maybe 15 minutes, and said that I needed another part,” Pettit says. “He was going to run to the store he’d be back in 15 minutes and he never came back. I never heard from him since.”

Ronald Keegan, Pettit’s stepdad, has been with her every step of the home buying experience and says he encouraged her to own a home.

“I feel like I let her down,” Keegan comments, he's more upset with how American Home Shield picks their contractors. “They scrape the bottom of the barrel, which they clearly did in this case."

Friday morning, Pettit got some closure on a call with AHS and the contractor through JK Plumbing and Heating.

“How soon can we get someone there to put the board there?” the AHS representative asked the JK Plumbing and Heating employee.

“I will have someone there at 2,” he replied.

Keegan doesn’t have any confidence they’ll show.

“I’m 75% sure it won’t happen, just from what I’ve been reading – he’s been known for it,” Keegan comments.

Pettit says a different contractor showed up two hours later than they originally said.  AHS says the contractors have repaired the furnace.

In a statement to News 8, AHS says the contractor who first came to Pettit’s home tried calling her yesterday to finish the repairs, but there was no answer.  Pettit says she never got that call.  AHS also says the contractor has worked with them before and has positive reviews from customers.

Son of ‘El Chapo’ was caught during a massive shootout. Mexican officials say they released him to save lives

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(CNN) — A bloody, prolonged shootout between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel members in Sinaloa state this week was an intentional — and ultimately abandoned — attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for extradition to the United States, Mexican officials now say.

Troops did temporarily detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez during Thursday’s operation in the city of Culiacan, officials said. But as the battle dragged on, he was released and the operation was suspended to save lives, the country’s defense secretary and security minister said Friday.

Gunmen are seen in a Culiacan street Thursday.

The battle, which sent families hiding in terror for hours, left seven people dead: Five “aggressors,” one Mexican National Guard member, and one civilian, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Twitter.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged Friday that security forces went to Culiacan to capture the son on a judge’s order. Mexico’s Security Cabinet eventually suspended the operation “to protect the lives of the people,” he said.

He did not deny, when pressed by reporters, that Ovidio Guzman Lopez was released.

“The capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of the people … many citizens, people, human beings were at risk,” López Obrador said during a press briefing in Oaxaca.”

Nine government soldiers or law enforcement officers who were captured by the suspected cartel members during the battle were released when the government stopped the operation, Mexican Secretary of National Defense Luis Cresencio said Friday during a news conference in Sinaloa.

The troops’ intent was to arrest Guzman Lopez for extradition to the United States, Durazo, the security minister, said Friday.

Guzman Lopez, 28, is believed to have a large role in powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and faces charges in the US of conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Panicked residents flee

The attempt to capture Guzman Lopez unleashed chaos in Culiacan.

The battle started Thursday afternoon, when law enforcement officers and members of the Mexican National Guard took control of a house with four occupants, Durazo said late Thursday. One of the occupants was Ovidio Guzman Lopez, authorities said.

Other members of a criminal group arrived on scene, with more firepower than authorities, including .50-caliber machine guns. Violent attacks erupted in different parts of the city creating “a situation of panic,” Durazo said.

Armored vehicles with military-grade machinery fired heavy artillery against federal troops, according to CNN affiliate ADN40.

Many residents fled in panic while others remained locked in their homes as troops engaged in intense gun battles throughout the day. Residents were asked to stay inside, and schools have been closed until further notice, officials said.

Images on social media appeared to show the terror unleashed on the inhabitants of Culiacan. Plumes of black smoke billowed on the horizon while on the ground, mothers coddled their children while searching for cover behind parked cars.

Durazo announced late Thursday that the government suspended the operation.

Initially, Durazo said the battle began when federal troops were conducting a routine patrol, and that people inside the home attacked them. When the troops fought back, they found Guzman Lopez inside the home, Durazo said Thursday.

López Obrador’s statements on Friday, however, contradict Durazo’s assertion that it was a routine patrol.

Who is Ovidio Guzman Lopez?

Ovidio Guzman Lopez is the son of Guzman and his second wife, Griselda Lopez. He is a kingpin in the Sinaloa cartel, according to the US Treasury Department.

In February, Ovidio Guzman Lopez was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs to be imported into the US, along with his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, by the US Department of Justice.

Prosecutors said that from April 2008 through April 2018, the brothers conspired to distribute cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine from Mexico and other places to be imported into the US.

In July, their father — the once-powerful leader of the Sinaloa cartel — was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in the US.

Guzman was convicted in February on 10 federal charges, including murder conspiracies, running a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related charges.

He was considered the most “powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the Treasury Department and his criminal enterprise spanned continents and triggered bloodshed throughout his native Mexico.

In 2015 he dramatically escaped from prison, riding on a motorcycle through a tunnel that had been dug to his cell at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison.

Ray Donovan, the DEA special agent who spearheaded the 22-agency effort that led to Guzman’s capture, told CNN in February that the Sinaloa cartel still supplies most US drug markets.

“In fact, Chapo’s sons are now risen through the ranks of the Sinaloa cartel and taken over Chapo’s end of the organization,” he said.

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