chapo on trial
February 12, 2019

Infamous drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, also known as "El Chapo," was found guilty Tuesday in a federal court of all 10 counts against him, including narcotics trafficking and engaging in a criminal enterprise, CNN reports.

This came at the conclusion of a nearly three month long trial in Brooklyn, New York, during which prosecutors ran through stunning details about Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel, including accounts of "unspeakable tortures and ghastly murders," according to CNN. The case against him included testimony from 56 witnesses.

Judge Brian Cogan told jurors after they reached their verdict that they had "made me very proud to be an American," CNN writes. Guzmán's defense attorney said that the jury's verdict was "devastating" but that he "left it all on the battlefield" during the trial, according to The Associated Press.

Guzmán had previously evaded custody twice before being extradited to the United States in 2017. He now faces life in prison and will be sentenced on June 25. Brendan Morrow

February 4, 2019

The trial of notorious drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, a.k.a. El Chapo, is finally nearing its end.

Jury deliberations began Monday afternoon in the federal trial that has lasted nearly three months and included hundreds of hours of testimony, The Associated Press and CNN report. Guzmán, who is accused of operating a conspiracy to illegally import narcotics into the U.S. as head of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, has been charged on 10 counts, The New York Times reports.

Oral arguments began on Nov. 13. The trial ultimately included 56 witnesses and testimony describing "unspeakable tortures and ghastly murders," CNN writes. A number of stunning details have emerged, and one expert told CNN the most damning piece of evidence was "wire intercepts in which [Guzmán is] negotiating sources of supply," with the jury being able to hear his voice on the tape for themselves. In another eye-popping moment, Guzmán's former right-hand man testified that the alleged kingpin once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Court papers also include allegations of Guzmán raping 13 year old girls; this was not shared with the jury, although two jurors told the judge Monday they had learned of the reports, AP writes. Guzmán, who previously escaped custody two times, has pleaded not guilty, and during his trial, his defense sought to downplay the testimony of witnesses who "lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people." He faces life in prison. Brendan Morrow

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