Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty in US

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty in US

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once the most powerful drug lord in the world, was convicted in New York City on all counts on February 11.

On Tuesday, a jury in Brooklyn found Joaquin Guzman guilty of all 10 counts of drug trafficking after six-days of deliberations.

He now faces life in prison after the verdict, accused of leading the powerful Sinaloa drugs cartel, which became one of the biggest suppliers of drugs to the United States. Unlike other people in a similar position, Guzman would not plead guilty and went for a public trial after being extradited to the US. The notorious cartel boss, born Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, has been on trial in NY, which featured testimony from multiple witnesses.

The legend of Guzman was burnished by two dramatic escapes he made from Mexican prisons and by a Robin Hood image he cultivated among Sinaloa's poor.

Guzman and his drug cartel reportedly made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S. It was an operation that dated back to the 1980s.




The trial cast a harsh glare on the corruption that allowed the cartel to flourish. Pena Nieto denied it, but the allegation fit a theme: politicians, army commanders, police and prosecutors, all on the take.

But his sing-songy voice filled the courtroom, thanks to recordings of intercepted phone calls. 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.

Asked what he was wearing, she replied: "He was naked".

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.

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

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