'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

The former Sinaloa Cartel boss, real name Joaquin Guzman, was found guilty of the crimes after jurors at a courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, spent six days deliberating the charges.

Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial.

The evidence included testimony from over 56 witnesses, including 14 from his crew in hopes of reducing their own prison sentences. 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.

U.S. prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades, consolidating his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.

Lichtman said the defense "fought like complete savages" and will appeal the case.

He sent drugs northward with fleets of planes and boats, and had detailed accounting ledgers and an encrypted electronic communication system run through secret computer servers in Canada, the court heard.

A string of former workers gave evidence against Guzman, 61, with one telling how he shot a man and ordered him to be buried while still alive.

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U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury's meticulous attention to detail and the "remarkable" approach it took toward deliberations. "Once that door is open, it can't be closed again", he said.

Guzmán, once listed on Forbes' Billionaires List, has always been a slippery and near-mythical figure.

In contrast, defense attorneys called just one witness and focused on undermining the credibility of cooperating witnesses.

The defendant had previously escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry bin in 2001.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison.

Notorious drug lord El Chapo is set to die in jail after being convicted of running the world's largest drug smuggling operation.

Together, they are the biggest producers of drugs sold on USA streets.

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