A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of numerous drug trafficking counts on Tuesday.
The trial lasted three months and jury deliberation took six days.
“El Chapo” is slang for “shorty” and despite his stature – 5-feet, 6-inches tall – he was a major figure in importing illegal drugs into the United States through his Sinaloa cartel.
He was arrested several times – in both Costa Rica and Mexico – but was able to escape each time. He was finally apprehended in Mexico in 2016 and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.
His net worth was – at one point– estimated to be $4 billion.
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