CONVICTED drug lord El Chapo could see his £12bn fortune used to pay for Donald Trump’s border wall as part of tough new anti-trafficking laws.
Senator Ted Cruz called for the kingpin’s seized assets to go towards the 2,000-mile barrier after Congress refused to fund it.
It comes after El Chapo – real name Joaquín Guzmán – was found guilty of all 10 counts in the biggest drug trafficking trial of all time.
Cruz tweeted: “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.
“Let’s pass the EL CHAPO Act and make El Chapo pay to secure our border.”
By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border
Cruz introduced the bill – which stands for Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order – in 2017 while El Chapo awaited trial in New York.
Reintroducing it last month, he promised: “By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border.
“We can make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people.”
The bill would see £12bn confiscated from El Chapo specifically, with further cash coming from other captured cartel bosses.
Last week Trump defiantly vowed to “build the wall anyway” after politicians reached a deal which includes just a QUARTER of the funding he demanded.
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The President only secured $1.4 billion (£1.1bn) towards 55 miles of new fencing along the border.
That is just 25 per cent of his requested $5.7 billion (£4.4bn) — which would have provided for 215 miles of construction.
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