“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial
12 February, 2019, 21:23
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all of his 10 counts in a NY courthouse Tuesday, ending a three-month trial.
Guzmán, 61, faces 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, global distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
One of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, Guzman was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before.
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.
The 61-year-old Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017. He will spend the rest of life in prison now that he has been convicted. He is set to be sentenced on June 25.
More than 50 witnesses testified during the 11-week trial, including 14 former associates of Guzman who had agreed to cooperate with US prosecutors.
One Sinaloa insider described Mexican workers getting contact highs while packing cocaine into thousands of jalapeno cans - shipments that totalled 25 to 30 tonnes of cocaine worth $500 million U.S. each year.
In closing arguments, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman urged the jury not to believe government witnesses who "lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people".
Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial. Perhaps most famously, he escaped a Mexican prison in 2015 through an elaborate tunnel that included an adapted motorcycle on rails.