'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

Pauline Gross
February 13, 2019

Yet, jurors reportedly had an "avalanche" of evidence to work with before reaching their verdict.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty on all counts in an worldwide drug distribution trial in NY.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts. He will spend the rest of life in prison now that he has been convicted.

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.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced.

Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs-up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn. The 66-year-old's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was among those in the courtroom on Tuesday to see his fate sealed.

It's been roughly three months since El Chapo's trial began.

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Jurors at the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations. 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.

Outside the court, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue called it a "day of reckoning", promising the government would continue to root out cartel-related drug-running and corruption.

Unlike other people in a similar position, Guzman would not plead guilty and went for a public trial after being extradited to the US. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.

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.

Guzmán, once listed on Forbes' Billionaires List, has always been a slippery and near-mythical figure. It later dropped him from the list, saying it was too hard to quantify his assets. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto took a $100-million bribe from Guzman. The same day, he grinned broadly at audience member Alejandro Edda, the Mexican actor who plays Guzman in the Netflix drama "Narcos". Imprisoned in Mexico in 1993, he escaped in 2001 hidden in a laundry cart and spent the following years moving from one hideout to another in the mountains of Sinaloa, guarded by a private army. Cogan said it made him "very proud to be an American". He was finally recaptured in January 2016.

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