Brian Fitzpatrick | National Post
A Canadian truck company owner accused of smuggling drugs for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman charged the Mexican kingpin and his cronies US$155,000 to move two cocaine loads from the U.S. into Canada, court documents allege.
Toronto resident Mykhaylo Koretskyy, 44, is currently fighting extradition from Curacao to the U.S., where he has been indicted by the Southern District of New York over suspected ties to El Chapo.
Known as “Russian Mike” or “Cobra,” Koretskyy has been held in Curacao since arriving there from Toronto on an Air Canada flight on Jan. 3, 2018. In his January 2014 indictment, which was only unsealed days after his arrest, he is accused of trafficking with the Sinaloa Cartel leader who was convicted in Brooklyn last month of running a murderous drugs empire.
The dual Canadian-Ukrainian citizen is charged along with El Chapo and Hildebrando Alexander Cifuentes-Villa or “Alex,” a member of Colombia’s Cifuentes-Villa crime family, which partnered with Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel for years.