After escaping prison twice, El Chapo is now facing life behind bars. On Tuesday, February 12, the Mexican druglord and head of the Sinaloa cartel — whose real name is Joaquin Guzman — was found guilty on all 10 counts by a Brooklyn jury.
Some of those counts include the top charge, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, as well as the use of firearms, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds and various charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana. While he’s yet to be sentenced, the verdict could mean the rest of his life in jail.
This news comes after an ongoing three-month-long trial that exposed the 61-year-old’s decades-long drug cartel. The 11-week trial consisted of 50 prosecution witnesses, 14 of his former associates who turned against him, and a 30-minute single-witness defense case. It also took the jury of eight women and four men six days to come to come up with their verdict.
El Chapo was previously arrested in early 2016 after escaping from a Mexican prison through a tunnel.