El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released

12 February, 2019, 21:54 | Author: Wade Massey
  • El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released

Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen with a handgun on display during a testimony by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Victor Vazquez (not shown) in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court in New York City on January 17, 2019.

Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on Tuesday of all 10 counts in a drug-trafficking trial in the United States, which could put him behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security prison.

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. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

The notorious former leader of the dreaded Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of numerous TV shows and films, including Univision's series El Chapo, a recent Netflix documentary with the same title that was ridiculed by Sean Penn, Netflix's Narcos: Mexico and documentary The Day I Met El Chapo with Kate del Castillo.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors that he amassed huge wealth and power leading 'the world's largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization.' They heard blood-curdling evidence about how El Chapo once beat and shot a worker who defected to a rival cartelk, before burying him alive.

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Witnesses detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, rail cars and even shipments of canned peppers.

Meanwhile, jurors on Tuesday continued their sixth day of deliberations on Guzman's fate.

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

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.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators. 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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