Friday, 22 February, 2019

Jury reaches verdict in El Chapo trial

“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo found guilty, faces life in prison
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2019, 21:55

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.

The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire and amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a USA court on Tuesday of drug trafficking.

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

Guzman faced a drumbeat of drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions that could put the 61-year-old escape artist behind bars for decades in a maximum-security US prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country.

The trial unfolded like a real-life telenovela, with Guzman's former beauty queen wife Emma Coronel in the audience and a parade of her husband's lovers and henchmen taking the witness stand under the gaze of the onetime Sinaloa cartel chief. Guzman sat and showed no emotion while the verdict was read. His lawyers say Guzman is not a criminal mastermind but just a fall guy for the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

U.S. Attorney’s Office shows a diamond-encrusted pistol that a government witness said belonged to infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman at Guzman’s trial in New York. After El Chapo

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

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, the Mexican druglord accused of carrying out a sprawling criminal enterprise as chief of the Sinaloa cartel.

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

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

The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with USA prosecutors. 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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