Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

Joaqin Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug cartel boss known under nickname "El Chapo" is to face life in jail after a United States court found him guilty on all charges in a high-profile narcotics trial.

During the 11-week trial jurors were shown shocking photos of crime scenes, drugs, military-grade weapons, and tunnels used by the drug lord during his decades-long career.

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, centre, sits at the defence table while listening to the judge addressing the jury during his long-running 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.

During the trial, more than 50 witnesses testified to the Sinaloa cartel leader's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons of cocaine into the USA for more than two decades.

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Former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro onboarded the muscle last week, sources close to the Guzman family said, as publicity surrounding her husband's trial caused her to fear for her safety. The jury, which took days to deliberate, was made up of four men and eight women who had their identities kept anonymous for their own protection.

Jurors at the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected a year ago after promising a change, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for non-violent drug dealers, traffickers, and farmers. His lawyers say Guzman is not a criminal mastermind but just a fall guy for the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

The 61-year-old was a key player in the Mexican drug cartel landscape.

The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with USA prosecutors.

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