Move over El Chapo — this lawyer claims he’s got ‘most unusual’ drug case

Someone hasn’t been paying attention.

Just a day after the sensational trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman wrapped with a guilty verdict, yet another lawyer in the same Brooklyn federal courthouse tried to paint his client’s drug-trafficking bust as the “most unusual case this courthouse had ever seen.”

The stunning proclamation came as Lawrence Herrmann argued his client, Humberto Baez, was not actually a narco-trafficker, but a vigilante who colluded with dealers in an attempt to stop them from transporting cocaine into the United States.

“I told you at the outset that this would be the most unusual case this courthouse had ever seen,” Herrmann told jurors Wednesday, as armed US Marshals continued to patrol the building in the wake of Guzman’s internationally watched guilty verdict. “He did this as an anti-drug activist.”

Baez, who prosecutors say bragged in a text about doing business “El Chapo style,” stands accused of attempting to sneak some $500,000 worth of cocaine into the US from the Dominican Republic — hidden in boxes of fresh peppers.

Still, Baez’s alleged 2018 racket was a far cry from “Chapo style,” as the Sinaloa cartel boss’s own pepper plan involved secreting an estimated $500 million worth of cocaine into the US in the early 1990s, packed inside cans of La Comadre pickled jalapenos.

The kingpin’s Tuesday conviction came following a telenovella-like trial, in which witnesses regaled the court with stories of of love triangles, unimaginable wealth, infamous tunnel escapes and cold-blooded murder.

Asked about the out-of-touch comment Wednesday, Herrmann had the temerity to tell The Post Guzman’s trial just “looked like a usual drug trafficking case.”

Baez faces up to life behind bars if convicted.

Guzman faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment when sentenced on June 25.