WASHINGTON: The Jury finds that El Chapo, Joaquin Guzman, is guilty on all ten federal accounts for which he was charged. These include seven drug trafficking charging, that El Chapo was the leader of a criminal enterprise, a firearms charge, and money laundering charging. The verdict was reached on the sixth day of the seven women – five men jury deliberations.
Part of the evidence against Guzman is his decade’s long willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S.
In laying out the prosecution’s case against Guzman, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg recounted the testimony of a former cartel crony. That individual saying he saw Guzman nearly beat to death two men from Sinaloa after paid-off authorities told him they were working for a rival cartel. The witness saying Guzman cursed at the men before shooting them in the head and ordering their bodies thrown on a bonfire.
“The cartel’s engines were corruption and violence,” Goldbarg told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn. The combination allowing Guzman “to impose his will on anyone who got in his way.”
Guzman has been one of the leading figures in Mexican drug wars leading to mass amounts of cocaine, heroin, and more crossing our southern border and killing Americans. The defense claims that those who testified against El Chapo were not reliable due to their making deals with the government, fell on deaf ears.
The forensic evidence, texts, and emails that, like people, do not lie, were overwhelming.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire. Guzman did amass billions of dollars over his illegal and murderous career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn began delivering their verdict following an 11-week trial.
Guzman, 61, now facing life in prison will be back in court for sentencing in March.
El Chapo heading to life underground at US Penitentiary, Florence ADX, Colorado
Found guilty on all charges, the Head of the Sinaloa Cartel will be spending the rest of his life in prison based on the first charge. El Chapo will remain in Brooklyn for the next three months, and then probably moved to the US Penitentiary, Florence ADX, Colorado. The prison is located far beneath the earth. It is among the most secure facilities that we have, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox.
Other notable inmates include Timothy McVeigh, the person responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma bombings. McVeigh was executive. McVeigh’s co-conspirator, Terry Nichols is presently serving a life sentence. Also at ADX Nicodemo Scarfo, head of the Bruno Crime Family. Scarfo serving a 55-year sentence before being sent to FCI Butner, where he died in January 2017.
Omar Abdel Rahman, the leader of the terrorist organization al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya was convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy for masterminding a foiled plot to bomb high-profile targets in the New York City landmark bomb plot. Targets including the United Nations, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, and the George Washington Bridge. Nine Rahman followers are serving sentences at ADX and other federal facilities.
Guzman’s 2017 extradition to the U.S. was after his arrest in Mexico the year before.
Other high-ranking cartel figures have been extradited, however, Guzman is the first to go to trial.
The trial, featuring testimony from more than 50 witnesses, gives the public a look at the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel. Sinola is a state in northwestern Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.
El Chapo Charges
Following the escapes he made from Mexican prisons and by a “Robin Hood” image he cultivated among Sinaloa’s poor, from the start, the trial carried high stakes.
“A vast global narcotics trafficking empire, that’s what this case is about and what the evidence will show, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told the Jury as the curtain opened on the case back on Nov. 13. “And the kingpin who ran the organization, who is responsible for these illegal activities? That man,” motioning toward the burly 61-year-old Guzman.
A 17-count indictment accuses Guzman of operating the Sinaloa Cartel. Prosecutors claim the cartel as the “largest drug trafficking organization in the world.” Prosecutors claiming that the cartel was responsible for “billions of dollars in profits.” Profits from “multi-ton quantities” of meth, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
They also accuse Guzman of conspiring to decades of murders of more than 30 people.
The jury, however, deliberated on just 10 counts, finding him guilty on all of them. The first is engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a life term.
U.S. prosecutors say that for more than two decades, Guzman is responsible for tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine brought into the United States. He held his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.
With sentencing, Guzman could be imprisoned for the rest of his life.