Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman convicted

“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

The Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty of all ten counts at his drug trafficking trial in NY.

Over the course of two and a half months, a jury of eight women and four men in Brooklyn federal court heard testimony about unspeakable torture and ghastly murders, epic corruption at almost every level of Mexico's government, narco-mistresses and naked subterranean escapes, gold-plated AK-47s and monogrammed, diamond-encrusted pistols.

Jurors convicted him on all 10 counts that are likely to put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

El Chapo escaped from Mexican prisons twice, but was recaptured in 2016, and extradited to the U.S. in January 2017.

Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges, thus beginning his long-waited criminal trial in November.

The trial, which featured testimony from more than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the state in northwestern Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.

Guzman staged two dramatic escapes from Mexican high-security prisons and cultivated a Robin Hood image among the poor in his home state of Sinaloa. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 181 metric tons of cocaine into the USA over two decades.

On Tuesday, Lichtman called the conviction "devastating", but he said he was proud that the defence "left it all on the battlefield". "Once that door is open, it can't be closed again", he said.

The U.S. Justice Department said in 2017 it sought forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from Guzman. The criminal trial against the Mexican druglord included 200 hours of testimony that detailed drug trafficking, weapons encrusted in diamonds and gold, as well as an alleged $100M payment to the former president of Mexico.

The defendant had previously escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry bin in 2001. He was finally recaptured in January 2016.

The drug lord, 61, faced charges of running a large-scale drug operation as the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Together, they are the biggest producers of drugs sold on US streets.

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