Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman aka El Chapo has been found guilty on all 10 counts he was facing. The 12-person jury returned the verdict on Tuesday, which wrapped up the 3-month long criminal trial.
The 10 charges: engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs and use of firearms.
The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was captured by Mexican government in 2014, escaped in 2015 through a mile-long underground tunnel and got caught again in 2016. He was extradited to the United States in 2017.
The 61-year-old is facing a mandatory life sentence, without parole.
Sentencing is set for June 25.
With El Chapo’s verdict possibly coming this week, staffers at the Brooklyn Federal Court are being trained for the worst-case scenario, including active shooter crisis. According to TMZ, U.S. Marshalls led the courthouse employees through a mandatory active shooter drill. Many employees were taken by surprise with the extreme nature of the drills. One person, who has worked there for years, said he had never seen anything like it, despite the number of high-profile cases held there.
The drug king pin is considered a special case because of his drug cartel connections and that fact that he has escaped custody multiple times.
He is facing life in prison.
Sen. Ted Cruz plans to get the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo to pay for the border wall. In an interview with The Daily Caller, a beard-sporting Cruz said he reintroduced the EL CHAPO Act (Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act)—that would allocate any money and assets seized from the Scarface wannabe specifically to building the border wall. El Chapo’s net worth is estimated at $14 billion, nearly triple the amount Congress is bickering over.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox feels that even the notorious El Chapo deserves a little love. Vicente told TMZ that the judge denying the drug lord a hug from his wife in court was harsh. The former Prez added that he’d be okay with the 61-year-old getting conjugal visits, but only if he remains in prison forever.
A judge has ruled on El Chapo’s request to hug his wife during his upcoming drug trial. The drug lord’s attorneys filed a request for the 61-year-old to be able to embrace his wife at the trial because he has not seen her or talked to her since his incarceration 2 years ago. His attorneys added that the lack of contact has “hurt his mental health.” The unnamed judge, who gave Chapo props for his exemplary behavior during his time in jail—has denied the hug. According to documents, the judge wrote, “the court is sympathetic to the request” but is “constrained to deny it.”
Drug Lord El Chapo has one request for the judge during his upcoming trial—to hug his wife. Attorneys for the 61-year-old have filed legal documents asking the judge to allow him the “humanitarian gesture” of embracing his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, as he has not had any contact with her for two years. The former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been in solitary confinement—not able to see, call or write to anyone—since his arrest two years ago. The judge has not yet ruled on the hug.