A U.S. jury has reached a guilty verdict in the drug-trafficking trial of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, 61, on all 10 criminal counts, including drug trafficking and engaging in a criminal enterprise as leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.
Guzman is likely headed to a “supermax” prison where repeating his past escapes would be nearly impossible, the Administrative Maximum Penitentiary at the Federal Correctional Complex, in Florence, Colorado, which houses terrorists and the most violent inmates.
Guzman, who escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons before his most recent capture in 2016, faces a possible life prison sentence at a hearing scheduled for June 25 in New York.
No one has ever broken out of the supermax prison, which opened in 1994 to house the most dangerous inmates in the U.S. prison system.
The guilty verdict concluded an 11-week trial in federal court in Brooklyn, in which more than 50 witnesses testified.
The spectacle offered an unprecedented public look into the inner workings of the cartel, named for the northwestern Mexico state where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.
The defense argued Guzman was set up as a “fall guy” by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a Sinaloan drug lord who remains at large but three witnesses, who pleaded guilty and testified at length about the kingpin’s alleged drug trafficking.
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