"El Chapo" Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

The jury of 12 people announced their decision at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, affirming Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to commit murder.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty on all counts in an global drug distribution trial in NY. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.

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

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, more commonly known by the nickname "El Chapo", once considered the most powerful and feared drug trafficker in the entire world, was found guilty on all counts related to leading Mexico's Sinaloa cartel on Tuesday. Cogan said it made him "very proud to be an American".

Evidence showed drugs poured into the USA through secret tunnels or hidden in tanker trucks, concealed in the undercarriage of passenger cars and packed in rail cars passing through legitimate points of entry.

El Chapo escaped from Mexican prisons twice, but was recaptured in 2016, and extradited to the U.S. in January 2017.

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The witnesses, who included some of Guzman's top lieutenants, a communications engineer and a onetime mistress, described how he built a sophisticated organization reminiscent of a multinational corporation, with fleets of planes and boats, detailed accounting ledgers and an encrypted electronic communication system run through secret computer servers in Canada. 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.

In this courtroom drawing from February 7, Joaquin Guzman listens to Judge Brian Cogan addressing the jury.

Jeffrey Lichtman said outside a Brooklyn courthouse Tuesday the defense "fought like complete savages" at the US drug-trafficking trial and will "continue to fight" for Guzman.

In one of the trial's final days, Guzman told the judge he would not testify in his own defense.

Chapo was detained by the Mexican government in 2014 but escaped a year later. "He left us behind". He escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 in a laundry cart and again in 2015 through a tunnel.

The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations could put the 61-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security US prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country. "In front of you".

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