What Happened: A U.S. court has found Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the notorious head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, guilty on all charges, Reuters reported Feb. 12.
Why It Matters: Although Guzman faces the possibility of life in prison, his sentencing will likely have little effect on the Sinaloa cartel — which Guzman's sons, who are often referred to as Los Chapitos, and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia now run.
Background: The Sinaloa cartel is one of Mexico's largest and most brutal drug trafficking organizations. Guzman was arrested in January 2016 and extradited to the United States in January 2017.
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