Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss 'El Chapo' found guilty in U.S. trial

Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss 'El Chapo' found guilty in U.S. trial

Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss 'El Chapo' found guilty in U.S. trial

NY jury reached a guilty verdict today in the El Chapo trial.

The jury found Chapo guilty of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, worldwide distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other drugs and use of firearms.

The 61-year-old Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

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.

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

On Tuesday, Lichtman called the conviction "devastating", but he said he was proud that the defence "left it all on the battlefield".

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

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.

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"Senor judge, me and my attorneys have spoken about this", Guzman stated. 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.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated roughly 34 hours over 6 days.

Mexico has been mired for 12 years in a deadly military-led war against drug gangs.

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.

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The defense's strategy centered on attacking the credibility of the cooperating witnesses - former secretaries, pilots, cocaine suppliers, Guzman's top trafficker in the United States, a manager, an accountant, a former communications chief, and even a former lover. After he was recaptured in 2016, he was extradited to the USA to face American federal charges.

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