One of the world’s most infamous drug kingpins has been found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and the use of firearms by a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Two years after he was extradited from Mexico to the United States, 61-year-old Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, now faces life in prison.

The jury was shown videos of Mexican military units bashing down the doors of El Chapo’s home, only to discover that he had escaped through a tunnel hidden under a hydraulic bath.

El Chapo’s bathroom tunnel

Prosecutors gave evidence that provided an extraordinary glimpse into the brutal and lucrative world of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, and how El Chapo became its mastermind, moving thousands of kilos of illegal drugs in to the US across its southern border.

The court heard how El Chapo was a man who liked to enjoy his vast wealth – carrying a diamond encrusted handgun, using a gold plated AK47, and even installing a private zoo at one of his properties.

El Chapo’s diamond encrusted gun

But he was also powerful and ruthless.


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