Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been found guilty on 10 counts of drug trafficking in a US court.
The 61-year-old was arrested in January 2016 after he escaped from prison via a tunnel five months previously.
He has now been found guilty in a federal court in New York on all 10 counts of drug trafficking. The cartel kingpin was once one of the richest people in the world and was listed on Forbes’ rich list in 2009.
The drug lord is alleged to have overseen the exportation of hundreds of tonnes of cocaine into the US and ordered hit-men to carry out hundreds of killings.
Part of the reason Guzmán was so notorious because of his numerous improbable escapes. He has escaped arrest on numerous occasions and custody in Mexico on twice.
During the trial, the court heard how Guzmán managed to escape from maximum-security Altiplano prison. A GPS watch was smuggled through to Guzmán’s cell and his sons bought a property on the periphery of the prison. From this point, diggers crafted a tunnel to his cell and he escaped using an adapted motorcycle.
Guzmán is the most high-profile drug trafficker to be trialled in the US. Jurors for the trail were anonymous and provided with armed escorts, as prosecutors argued that Guzmán had a reputation for intimidating and even killing witnesses.
The ‘drug war’ between US and Mexican officials and drug traffickers has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives across the course of more than a decade.