Joaquín Guzmán, the feared Mexican drug lord known worldwide as “El Chapo,” has been found guilty of 10 charges in his New York trial. The convictions include leading a criminal enterprise; drug trafficking of heroin, cocaine and other drugs; the use of firearms; and money laundering.
He could face life in a U.S. maximum-security federal prison.
New York police and others are on high alert outside and around the Manhattan courthouse, where authorities held an active-shooter drill Monday to prepare for the verdict.
The notorious former leader of the dreaded Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of numerous TV shows and films, including Univision’s series El Chapo, a recent Netflix documentary with the same title that was ridiculed by Sean Penn, Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico and documentary The Day I Met El Chapo with Kate del Castillo.
Guzmán — whose nickname translate to “Shorty” — has been caught and jailed multiple times in the past, only to make brazen escapes, helping to solidify his near-mythical status in Mexico’s underworld.
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