Infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman found guilty on 10 counts

Samantha Acevedo, Senior

On February 13, 2019, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, was found guilty on 10 federal counts against him.

The trial took place in Brooklyn, New York, where Guzman, 61, was found guilty of 10 federal criminal offenses, including the smuggling of drugs, distribution of illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine and, illegal firearm usage.

Over the past two and a half months, the jury has encountered gruesome stories of Guzman’s cartel, some even mentioning the rape of girls as young as 13 years old. Witness, Alex Cifuentes, exclaimed: “El Chapo called the youngest among them his ‘vitamins’ because, he said, they gave him life.”

El Chapo is notoriously known for distributing drugs internationally, but mainly in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Throughout the testimony, Guzman showed no reaction, the only time the drug lord even bothered to show emotion was when he waved and smiled to his wife Emma Coronel, who was at his side for the trial.

The trial lasted a rocky 200 hours in which nearly 60 witnesses testified either for or against El Chapo, 14 of these witnesses being drug traffickers.

El Chapo has escaped prison numerous times, once in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart, and again in 2015 by digging through a tunnel.

When politician Ted Cruz suggested that the border wall should be paid by using El Chapo’s money, Guzman’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asserted: “Senator Cruz surely knows that the government has seized none — not a penny — of Mr. Guzman’s assets so getting him to pay for the wall is ludicrous. There’s a better chance of Mr. Cruz paying for the wall.”

El Chapo will be sentenced on June 25, 2019.