In Brooklyn, New York today, on the sixth day of jury deliberations, a court convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.
Alan Feuer's incredible reporting on the case is essential reading.
It has been a dramatic trial indeed: tales of bribes, murders, naked lovers crawling into sewers, diamond-encrusted pistols… El Chapo smuggled drugs in fake cans of chile and bananas, through submarines and subterranean tunnels.
El Chapo routinely raped underage girls as young as 13 and 14, who were drugged and brought to him unconscious, according to testimony in the trial. He referred to the victims as his 'vitamins,' because raping them made him feel young and full of vitality again.
The dude's IT guy "had a nervous breakdown."
BREAKING: Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is convicted in U.S. trial that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security prison.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 12, 2019
The jury deliberated approximately 34 hours over 6 days
The jury in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman deliberated approximately 34 hours over past six days.
The 12-person jury has remained anonymous and partially sequestered.
BREAKING NEWS: There's a verdict in the Chapo trial. We don't know what yet. Stay tuned.
— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) February 12, 2019
Is el chapo done, does that mean we won the drug war or
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) February 12, 2019
The jury weighing El Chapo's fate is entering its second week of deliberations, and the purported Mexican kingpin appears to be enjoying America's jury process https://t.co/dngKXxZvHy
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 12, 2019
The jury in the El Chapo drug trial has reached a verdict – waiting for it to be read. Witnesses gave 200 hours of testimony alleging a drug cartel run on murder, bribes – and a drug lord who called raping young girls "his vitamins".
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) February 12, 2019
The jury in Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman trial deliberated approx 34 hrs over 6 days.
— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) February 12, 2019