NEW YORK – Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after a high-profile trial that lasted nearly three months.
The jury of 12 people announced their decision at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, affirming Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to commit murder. He is guaranteed life in prison, Fox News reported.
Guzman, 61, was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 after Mexican authorities captured him a year prior during raids in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The cartel boss was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.
Many drug traffickers in his cartel became known as “Sinaloan Cowboys” as their trucks and SUVs frequently had the image of a steer on their automobile doors.
Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges, thus beginning his long-waited criminal trial in November.
However, during trial more than 50 witnesses testified to the Sinaloa cartel leader’s willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S. for more than two decades.
Known as one of the most notorious and infamous drug traffickers in modern history, Guzman managed to evade authorities and broke out of Mexican prisons twice.