‘Russian Mike,’ Canadian associate to El Chapo, facing charges in NYC

A Canadian with ties to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has been extradited from Curacao to New York on cocaine trafficking charges, prosecutors said.

Trucking company owner Mykhaylo Koretskyy is accused of moving drugs for the cartel, and is expected to enter a not guilty plea Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Paul Crotty of the Manhattan federal court.

Koretskyy– who is known as “Russian Mike” and “Cobra” — is one of two defendants from America’s northern neighbor to be prosecuted in New York for working with the deadly Sinaloa cartel — the other is Stephen Tello, who is known as “Cat boy.”

Guzman, 62, was convicted on drug trafficking charges earlier this year in Brooklyn federal court and is set to be sentenced later this month.

Jeffrey Lichtman, one of the attorneys who represented Guzman at trial, also represents Koretskyy. Prosecutors argue that Lichtman’s prior representation of Guzman presents a conflict of interest in Koretskyy’s case.

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