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El Chapo Found Guilty On All Counts

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El Chapo Found Guilty On All Counts

Brooklyn jury finds “El Chapo” guilty on all counts

The former head of the Sinaloa cartel was found guilty on all 10 counts against him.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.

After 2 and half months, 56 witnesses, and 200 hours of testimony, a jury Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán guilty of conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession, and trafficking more than 200 tons of cocaine into the United States.

The trial revealed much about the functioning of the cartel and El Chapo's lavish lifestyle and many grisly crimes.

Apparently, El Chapo used his $14 billion fortune to buy a personal zoo, a yacht called "Chapito," and an armory of weapons, some gold plated and inlaid with diamonds.  He also kept a variety of mistresses, one of whom wound up testifying against him.

Court photo of El Chapo w/unidentified man, courtesy LA Times

Testimony also exposed the ways which drugs were and continue to be transported into the U.S., including “fishing boats, trains, tractor-trailers, radar-evading airplanes, passenger cars at legal ports of entry, submarines, oil tankers, cocaine-laden cans of jalapeños and cross-border tunnels.” - none of which would be prevented by a wall - and revealed how deeply the cartel infiltrated all parts of the Mexican government and law enforcement.

Witnesses also recounted examples El Chapo's brutality: beating people to death, burying people alive, chaining a man to a pole, naked, the list goes on.

El Chapo was ultimately brought down by his own IT specialist.  Guzmán insisted on monitoring his wife, mistress, and associates 24/7, leaving a digital trail for prosecutors to follow.

The charges against him carry a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, now all the U.S. government has to do is make sure he stays there.