The Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo, 61, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, was convicted on Tuesday and faces a life sentence.
He was convicted 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. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 25. The evidence presented at the trial included dozens of surveillance photos, three sets of detailed drug ledgers, several of the defendant’s handwritten letters and hundreds of his most intimate and incriminating phone calls and text messages intercepted.
Among the witnesses were the kingpin’s first employee; one of his personal secretaries; his chief Colombian cocaine supplier; the son of his closest partner and heir apparent to his empire; his I.T. expert; his top American distributor; a killer in his army of assassins; even the young mistress with whom he escaped from the Mexican marines, naked, through a tunnel. The entire defense case lasted only 30 minutes , compared to 10 weeks for the prosecution.The jury’s decision came more than a week after the panel started deliberations at the trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. The jurors have been kept partially sequestered, and anonymous, for their safety. In their own news conference, Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers promised an appeal.