Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman: Convicted Drug Lord Faces Life in Prison!

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Years after his first arrest and after his infamous use of an escape tunnel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman went to trial.

The accused drug lord's trial took 11 weeks.

He has now been found guilty.

El Chapo Arrest Photo

Guzman was convicted unanimously by a jury in Brooklyn.

They found him guilty of multiple counts, including distribution of cocaine and heroin, illegal firearms possession, and money laundering.

The jury's verdict was read aloud to the courtroom, and followed an 11-week trial.

Guzman has yet to be sentenced.

Based upon the charges on which he was convicted, he may face life in prison.

Guzman is 61 years old.

El Chapo T-Shirt

Guzman is accused of having run the Sinaloa drug cartel.

That particular cartel was allegedly responsible for most of the influx of illegal drugs to the United States.

The prohibition of some illegal substances (of all drugs, honestly) is deeply controversial.

Most assume that history will look back on the War on Drugs as it did on the infamous prohibition of alochol from a century ago.

However, Guzman's crimes extend to more than illegal medicine.

The operations of cartels involve illegal weapons and often the lethal use of those weapons.

El Chapo in Custody

Famously, Guzman escaped from prison in 2015 through a tunnel that had been dug painstakingly over the course of months.

The manhunt that followed was massive.

Ultimately, Guzman was recaptured in early 2016 and then extradited to the United States to stand trial.

Also famously, Guzman was said to have promised to not murder his jurors, no matter their decision.

Whether that was a good-natured promise or intended as a veiled threat, it raised a lot of eyebrows.

El Chapo Photo

As the guilty verdict was read, Guzman is said to have displayed no outward signs of emotion.

It seems likely that, all things considered, he was prepared for this outcome.

Guzman reportedly shook hands with his attorneys and appeared in good spirits, even congenial.

He also exchanged a glance with his wife, Emma Coronel.

Guzman reportedly eyed the 29-year-old former beauty queen and gave her a thumbs up.


For many, Guzman's escape through a secretly built tunnel was an entertaining and almost endearing quality.

Everything, from his "El Chapo" nickname to his look to his statements -- like his vow to not murder his jurors -- goes to his image.

In many way, Guzman resembles a fictional character of a cartel leader more than an actual, real-world criminal.

At face value, it is easy to find these sorts of figures entertaining, but we have to remember the very real human cost of their criminal activities.

Now that he has been found guilty, it will be interesting to see what decision is reached at the sentencing phase of his trial.

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