‘El Chapo’ Guzman Convicted on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, centre, sits at the defence table while listening to the judge addressing the jury during his long-running drug trafficking trial in NY.

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after a high-profile trial that lasted almost three months.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court in NY, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on January 17, 2019.

Guzman was convicted of smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine to the U.S. over a 25 year period, earning billions of dollars in profits for his cartel, then the world's largest, and now faces a life sentence.

He was extradited to the United States in 2017 after being arrested in Mexico the previous year.

Federal court marshals whisked Guzman out of the courtroom immediately after the judge read the guilty verdict.

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

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El Chapo's defense case lasted just half an hour.

NY jurors, whose identities were kept secret, deliberated for six days, sorting through piles of evidence gathered since the 1980s that Guzman's drug cartel smuggled tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the US.

On Tuesday, Lichtman called the conviction "devastating", but he said he was proud that the defence "left it all on the battlefield". Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 181 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades.

The defence accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

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

Likewise, the trial involved the twice-daily closing of the Brooklyn Bridge to ensure safe passage for the for the parade of government vehicles transporting El Chapo from the prison to the courthouse. 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 US over two decades.

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