El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 13, 2019,
Feb 13, 2019, 0:58
Murderous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appeared scared and teary after arriving in NY under ultra-heavy federal guard in January 2017 to face charges, according to video released by the feds Tuesday.
The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in NY.
Guzmán, 61, faces 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, global distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court in NY, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on January 17, 2019.
Guzman was convicted of smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine to the U.S. over a 25 year period, earning billions of dollars in profits for his cartel, then the world's largest, and now faces a life sentence.
Jurors convicted Guzman on all 10 counts in an worldwide drug distribution trial that lasted more than three months.
Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.
While the trial was dominated by Guzman's persona as a near-mythical outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn't testify.
The verdict came on the sixth day of the jury's deliberations.
Guzman's lawyers did not deny the defendant's charges but argued that he was the victim of government witnesses who were worse than he was.
After three months of testimony, jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all 10 counts.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected a year ago after promising a change to the deadly military-led war against drug gangs, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for non-violent drug dealers, traffickers and farmers.
The notorious former leader of the dreaded Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of numerous TV shows and films, including Univision's series El Chapo, a recent Netflix documentary with the same title that was ridiculed by Sean Penn, Netflix's Narcos: Mexico and documentary The Day I Met El Chapo with Kate del Castillo.
The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.
The 61-year-old was a key player in the Mexican drug cartel landscape.
The drug boss escaped from prison twice - once in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin, and again in 2014 when he escaped through tunnels on a specially adapted small motorcycle.