Publicado: Mier, Febrero 13, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

'El Chapo' Found Guilty on All Ten Counts

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

Joaqin Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug cartel boss known under nickname "El Chapo" is to face life in jail after a U.S. court found him guilty on all charges in a high-profile narcotics trial.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

Guzman was convicted of smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine to the United States 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.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife Emma Coronel, put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, showing up in matching burgundy velvet blazers in a gesture of solidarity.

Notorious drug lord El Chapo is set to die in jail after being convicted of running the world's largest drug smuggling operation.

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The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of former associates and other witnesses.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in NY.

Outside the court, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue called it a "day of reckoning", promising the government would continue to root out cartel-related drug-running and corruption.

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

Guzmán, once listed on Forbes' Billionaires List, has always been a slippery and near-mythical figure.

The drug boss escaped from prison twice - once in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin, and again in 2014 when he escaped through tunnels on a specially adapted small motorcycle. It later dropped him from the list, saying it was too hard to quantify his assets. A spokesman for the ex-president has denied the claim.

But the Mexican government says he blew his cover through a series of slip ups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life. The same day, he grinned broadly at audience member Alejandro Edda, the Mexican actor who plays Guzman in the Netflix drama "Narcos".

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