6 gripping moments from the El Chapo trial
Once a powerful drug lord in Mexico, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted on Tuesday for dozens of counts related to drug trafficking and conspiracy. The prosecution went through hundreds of thousands of documents over the course of three months. And, with the help of Guzman’s former close associates and cartel members, the prosecution presented an insider’s view into the corruption, violence and resourcefulness behind the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Guzman will face life in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for June 25, according to The New York Times. Until then, here are six memorable moments from the trial.
1. The tunnel
Federal prosecutors presented to the jury a video tour of the infamous drug-smuggling tunnel that ran from Mexico to a warehouse in Arizona, which was located two blocks from a U.S. Customs office. The underground route was nearly 6 feet high and ran along an electrically lit passageway about 60 yards long. Upon discovering the tunnel, U.S. Customs officers tried to smash their way through the concrete in order to gain access, only to realize that it could be easily opened with a twist of a water valve on Mexico’s side of the tunnel.