In remarkable footage released by the federal government shortly after a jury found him guilty on all charges Tuesday — a verdict that will result in "a sentence for which there is no escape and no return notorious" — Joaquin Guzman Loera, the infamous drug lord known as "El Chapo," is seen being escorted by authorities off a private jet and into a hangar, where he waits, teary-eyed and visibly shaken, to be taken to the correctional center.
The video was taken on January 16, 2017, when the drug kingpin first arrived in New York City, where he would eventually be tried, but only released by the U.S. government and published by New York's PIX11 after the jury's verdict Tuesday.
The video begins with El Chapo on the plane, staring wide-eyed out the window. He is then escorted off the plane, appearing shaky and uncertain as he makes his way down to the tarmac. Authorities then escort him into a hangar at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, PIX11 reports.
While in the hangar, the camera repeatedly zooms in on Guzman's face, revealing his watery eyes and stunned expression.
"His appearance in the video is a far cry from the ruthless drug lord who was talked about during a nearly three-month trial," the outlet reports. "Fifty-six witnesses testified, one of them telling the jury he saw an El Chapo rival being tortured, before being buried alive. Another spoke of watching El Chapo shoot two other opponents in the head."
After agents communicate with him, he is escorted to a black SUV, which reportedly transported him to Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center. Video below (via PIX 11):
After famously escaping prison twice, the drug lord was arrested in 2016 and extradited to the U.S. in 2017. On Tuesday, following six days of deliberation, Guzmán was found guilty on all charges, including drug distribution, money laundering, and illegal firearm possession. During the trial, which lasted 11 weeks, jurors heard shocking stories, including, as Fox News details, “grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel.”
After the verdict was delivered Tuesday, Guzmán's 29-year-old wife, Emma Coronel, reportedly shared a "thumbs up" with her convicted husband before he was escorted out of the courtroom.
“Minutes ago, a federal jury here in the eastern district convicted Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán Loera on all counts of the federal indictment,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue told reporters after the hearing. “In sum, the jury found that Guzmán led the Sinaloa cartel — one of the largest and most dangerous drug cartel in the world — and that he is responsible for violence including murders and the smuggling of massive amounts of narcotics into the United States over a period of decades.”