A federal jury in New York has found the Mexican drug cartel leader known as “El Chapo” guilty of all 10 criminal counts against him.
Joaquin Guzman will be sentenced on June 25th and faces the possibility of life in prison.
For the last two months, jurors have listened to tales of bribes and bloodshed.
Heard testimony about notorious Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, and saw rare images of the drug lord with his diamond-encrusted pistol by his side.
Government witnesses testified how Guzman allegedly smuggled drugs through tunnels, cars, narco submarines… even inside cans of chili and fake bananas.
Details from his former associates now cooperating with the government included explosive testimony from fellow Sinaloa cartel member, Alex Cifuentes.
He testified about his former boss’ bribes allegedly paid to Mexican officials.
Cifuentes claimed Guzman once paid former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto a $100 million dollar bribe in October 2012, when he was president elect.
Pena Nieto’s former Chief of Staff called the allegations “false, defamatory and absurd” – adding that it was Pena Nieto’s administration who located, arrested and extradited Guzman to the United States for trial.
El Chapo’s former IT expert, Christian Rodriguez, whose photo was obscured by prosecutors to hide his identity, revealed how the cartel communicated through a system of encrypted phones.
He used spyware to capture conversations with members of Guzman’s criminal organization.
Guzman facing multiple counts including firearm and drug trafficking charges, and faces life in prison.
One constant fixture in the courtroom has been Guzman’s wife of more than 10 years, former beauty queen Emma Coronel.
Coronel helped her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015, according to testimony from a former prison guard, turned Chapo associate.
She is not facing charges at this time and her lawyer had no comment about those allegations.
In their final move to convince jurors of Guzman’s guilt, prosecutors showed images of the tunnel that provided his escape..
A government expert described it as being just under a mile long complete with a motorcycle track said to have been used by El Chapo and an associate for their ride to freedom.
Source: NewsNet | Mexican Drug Lord “El Chapo” Found Guilty