"El Chapo" Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

Lamar Ellis
February 13, 2019

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced as the judge read the guilty verdict.

El Chapo is now facing life in maximum security prison after a jury consisting of five men and seven women revealed the verdict to the three-month-long trial.

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.

Guzman, 61, was extradited to the U.S.in 2017 after Mexican authorities captured him a year prior during raids in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

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

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The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of former associates and other witnesses.

One of the world's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is on trial in NY and a star witness just revealed a lot about Chapo's Canadian operation.

They heard how Guzman made a name for himself in the 1980s as "El Rapido", the speedy one, by building cross-border tunnels that allowed him to move cocaine from Mexico into the United States faster than anyone else.

Estimates of how much money Guzman made from drugs vary.

Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel gained power amid the shifting allegiances of the Mexican drug trade in the 1990s, eventually coming to control nearly the entire Pacific coast of Mexico. In 2009, Forbes Magazine put him on its list of the world s richest people, with an estimated $US1 billion. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto took a $100-million bribe from Guzman.

The drug boss escaped from prison twice - once in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin, and again in 2014 when he escaped through tunnels on a specially adapted small motorcycle. Another day, a Chapo-size actor who played the kingpin in the TV series "Narcos: Mexico" came to watch, telling reporters that seeing the defendant flash him a smile was "surreal". He was finally recaptured in January 2016 following a shootout in Sinaloa.

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