Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo found guilty, faces life in prison

by Garry Watts February 13, 2019, 0:56
Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo found guilty, faces life in prison

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, the Mexican druglord accused of carrying out a sprawling criminal enterprise as chief of the Sinaloa cartel. He is guaranteed life in prison.

NY jurors - seven women and five men - whose identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days, sorting through what authorities called an "avalanche" of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions of dollars by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said these witnesses had "lied every day of their lives - their miserable, selfish lives".

The 61-year-old Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the United States in 2017.

Jeffrey Lichtman, centre, a defence attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, speaks to reporters at federal court in NY.

Jurors convicted Guzman on all 10 counts in an worldwide drug distribution trial that lasted more than three months.

US District Judge Brian Cogan told the jurors after the verdict that it was up to them to decide to talk to the media, but that he would advise against it. Cogan said it made him "very proud to be an American".

Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S.in 2017.

Witnesses detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, railway carriages and even shipments of canned peppers.

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Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated roughly 34 hours over 6 days.

Federal prosecutors say Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court in NY, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on January 17, 2019.

Jurors at the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations.

They were escorted to and from the fortress-like Brooklyn courthouse by US Marshals during each day of the 35 day trial, which saw 56 prosecution witnesses called to testify against El Chapo.

U.S. prosecutors told the jury how he had trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States in crimes spanning more than two decades.

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