Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

The verdict comes following a wildly dramatic, three-month long trial in New York City that involved extreme measures to prevent El Chapo from escaping, such as his accommodations at a Manhattan prison supposedly being even more secure than a SuperMax.

Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn found Guzman, 61, guilty on all 10 counts.

Jurors convicted him on all 10 counts that are likely to put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

The trial unfolded like a real-life telenovela, with Guzman's former beauty queen wife Emma Coronel in the audience and a parade of her husband's lovers and henchmen taking the witness stand under the gaze of the onetime Sinaloa cartel chief.

Upon hearing the verdict, Guzman was "as cool as a cucumber", Lichtman added. 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.


On Tuesday, Lichtman called the conviction "devastating", but he said he was proud that the defence "left it all on the battlefield". On its fifth day of deliberations, the jury asked to review law enforcement testimony about seizures of Colombian cocaine being shipped to the Sinaloa cartel to fuel a smuggling empire prosecutors say was under Guzman's command.

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

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury's meticulous attention to detail and the "remarkable" approach it took toward deliberations.

They were escorted to and from the fortress-like Brooklyn courthouse by US Marshals during each day of the 35 day trial, which saw 56 prosecution witnesses called to testify against El Chapo.

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. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons (181 metric tons) of cocaine into the USA over two decades.

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