Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. File photo


Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera was found guilty by a New York jury on all 10 counts brought against him on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

After a scandalous three-month trial that implicated numerous high-ranking members of the previous Mexican administration – including former President Enrique Peña Nieto – and six days of deliberations, jurors on the Federal District Court of Brooklyn found the 61-year-old Guzmán, who allegedly headed the murderous Sinaloa drug cartel for decades, guilty of operating a criminal enterprise, distributing drugs and dealing in guns, as well as money-laundering charges.

Guzmán, who infamously escaped from prison twice in Mexico before being recaptured and extradited to the United States in January 2017, will officially be sentenced on June 25, but is probably facing a life sentence for his crimes, most likely in the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, sometimes known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

Notwithstanding, the jury’s decision had a muted reaction in Mexico, where warring drug traffickers continue to operate with impunity and many people asked about their views on the decision simply shrugged, saying that in Guzmán’s place new drug lords will arise.

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