connectVideoJury reached judgment in the trial of the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after a high-profile trial lasted nearly three months, and will ensure that he spends the rest of his life behind bars.
The jury of 12 people to their decision in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, in which Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and the conspiracy to commit murder.
Guzman, 61, entered the courtroom wearing a charcoal suit just before 12:30 pm on Tuesday. He stared at the judges, and remained emotionless as the judge read the verdict.
Before the jury was dismissed, Guzman briefly looked at his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, and blew her a kiss before it is removed from the room. Aispuro was also found to not respond to the jury’s verdict, according to Fox News producers.
El Chapo, known as one of the most controversial and notorious drug traffickers in modern history, was extradited to the U.S. in 2017, after the Mexican authorities captured him in a year prior during raids in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he was a tunnel from a Mexican prison.
Guzman, who was held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the lot of the costs that are involved in a continuing criminal enterprise and international distribution of cocaine, thus beginning his long-awaited criminal case in November.
During the trial, more than 50 witnesses testified to the Sinaloa cartel leader’s willingness to use violence against the enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons of cocaine in the USA for more than two decades. The judges combed through an avalanche of evidence that text messages and phone calls allegedly shows Guzman making drugs as the leader of the cartel.
At least 14 of the witnesses who testified were used to be good friends with the drug lord, and had a long criminal history and were drug distributors themselves.
Of the witnesses, one of the tests the most memorable stories came from Guzman’s lover, Lucero, Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez. She testified she was in bed in a safe house with an on-the-run-Guzman, in 2014, when Mexican marines began to break down the door. She said Guzman led her to a trap under a bathtub that opened up to a tunnel that allowed them to escape.
“He was naked. He also took an active. He left us behind,” she said in court.
The drug lord managed to evade the authorities, and the outbreak of the Mexican prisons twice.
Fox News’ Marta Dhanis, Bryan Llenas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.