Newly released video shows kingpin El Chapo in tears after being extradited to the US

Newly released video shows kingpin El Chapo in tears after being extradited to the US

On Tuesday, February 12, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was found guilty on 10 counts of various drug trafficking charges, and now faces spending the rest of his life in the only "supermax" prison in the United States.

The 61-year-old Mexican kingpin had previously been the leader of the world's largest drug smuggling operation - the Sinaloa cartel in northern Mexico. His infamous criminal career spans decades, and his crimes include the murder of rivals, money laundering, and weapons offenses.

El Chapo pictured during his first arrest in Mexico back in 1993. Credit: Getty

However, after being found guilty at a US District Court in Brooklyn, the Daily Mail reports that "El Chapo" is expected to be sent to US Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, aka ADX Florence, the country's only "supermax" prison that is also referred to as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

Now, newly released footage from the US Department of Justice shows the moment Guzmán first touched down on US soil following his extradition from Mexico, as per their government's ruling. In the footage, "El Chapo" appears visibly shaken, wiping tears away from his eyes as officials lead him into custody.

Check out the unsettling footage in the video below:

The footage was released following Tuesday's verdict, and follows a seemingly stunned Guzmán being escorted by DEA agents through an airplane hanger.

The kingpin's trial came to an end after he was found guilty of the following charges:

  • Engaging in a criminal enterprise
  • International Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana Manufacture and Distribution Conspiracy
  • Cocaine Importation Conspiracy
  • Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy
  • International Distribution of Cocaine
  • International Distribution of Cocaine
  • International Distribution of Cocaine
  • International Distribution of Cocaine
  • Use of firearms
  • Conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds

The jury consisted of eight women and four men, who deliberated for roughly 34 hours over six days to finalize their verdict, 9News reports.

Joaquin 'El Chapo',? Guzman Loera to appear in Brooklyn federal court on allegations of leading a continuing criminal enterprise, other drug-related charges Credit: Getty

Guzmán's defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said following the verdict: "We are obviously disappointed with the jury's verdict in the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera but are respectful of the process and the jury's decision. We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquín."

ADX Florence holds many of America's most dangerous convicts, and as well as having "virtually no contact with other inmates or prison guards", the Daily Mail also states that Guzmán's neighbors will be "terrorists, murderers, notoriously violent inmates, and rival gang members."

'Supermax' prison Florence ADX Credit: Getty

Inmates are confined to "control units" - which act as a "prison within a prison" - for up to 23 hours a day, and the facility is currently home to 402 male prisoners.
US Attorney Richard Donoghue told the press following the trail: "This conviction is a victory for the American people who have suffered for so long and so much while Guzman made billions pouring poison over our southern border."