A Brooklyn jury on Tuesday found Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty of running a massive drug-trafficking operation.
The panel convicted him on all counts, including operating a continuing criminal enterprise, use of firearms and various charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
After the verdict, Guzman then looked for his ex-beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, in the gallery — who flashed him a supportive thumbs up as her eyes welled with tears, he responded by waving her.
Guzman, who twice escaped prison in Mexico, now faces up to life behind bars. He is set to be sentenced on June . 25.
The decision follows an 11-week trial with testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses — including 14 former associates of Guzman’s who took the stand against him — and a 30-minute, single-witness defense case.
Testimony from those closest to Guzman ranged from comical to chilling, including a naked escape from law enforcement through a tunnel network he’d built under his bathtub — and the cold-blooded murders he himself committed.
The accounts painted Guzman as a ruthless and calculating drug lord, who was paranoid to the point of obsession, going so far as to install spyware on the devices used by his associates, wife and mistresses.
However, this software devices were his undoing as they were one of the instrument used by law officials to trap him and establish a case against him.
That access, in addition to other intercepts and a trove of belongings the kingpin abandoned at an oceanside mansion during a raid, were critical in his conviction
Over the course of the trial, jurors were shown stockpiles of seized kilos, in addition to AK-47 rifles, grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons discovered during various raids.
Guzman’s defense spent the case attempting to undermine the integrity of the cooperating witnesses who took the stand against Guzman.
During the course of the trial, the jurors had been kept anonymous for their safety and fear of compromise.