Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has finally been convicted of running a massive drug smuggling operation as head of Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel – but even though he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, but experts believe the story is far from over.
Journalist and author Malcolm Beith, who has covered Mexico’s efforts to combat organized crime for more than a decade, has written a book on the hunt for El Chapo, and attended the kingpin’s trial in Brooklyn, thinks we’ll be hearing more from the kingpin in future.
“He’s off to jail, no doubt, for life but he’s got kids who are now American citizens; he’s got a wife who’s legally here; he’s got lawyers,” he told Fox News.
“They have already threatened to sue people in Mexico for defaming his name.”
America Armenta, a reporter for El Debate newspaper, based in the Sinaloan capital Culiacán, says that partly through the help of his wife Emma Coronel, who has been a fixture at his 11-week trial, El Chapo remains “very well seen” by many in his home state.