Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released

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

Guzman is believed to have led the cartel for decades, and faced a total of 17 charges, including including operating a continuing criminal enterprise conspiring to murder rivals and money laundering.

One of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, Guzman was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before.

World's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman found guilty.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

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. Guzman smiled and waved, and she touched her hand to her chest. 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.

Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. He did not try to deny his crimes, but instead had his lawyers argue he was merely a fall guy for corrupt government officials guilty of far worse wrongdoing that him. They were are asked to make 53 decisions about whether prosecutors have proven various elements of the 10-count indictment against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" 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.

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. After he was recaptured in 2016, he was extradited to the U.S. to face American federal charges.

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