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El Chapo, world's most violent drug trafficker, convicted in US court

El Chapo, world's most violent drug trafficker, convicted in US court

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.

"The panel spent more than five days mulling the drug lord's fate before convicting him on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, use of firearms and various charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana", writes the New York Post.

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.

Jurors in a federal court in Brooklyn have delivered a guilty verdict on all 10 charges in a high point of the 11-week long trial, with several of the carrying a life sentence.

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

A NY jury reached a guilty verdict today in the El Chapo trial.

"Senor judge, me and my attorneys have spoken about this", Guzman stated.

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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. Guzman smiled and waved, and she touched her hand to her chest.

Reporters said that El Chapo and his wife, Emma Colonel, didn't show any emotions while the jury read the verdict but afterward, Chapo looked at her and waved.

It's been roughly three months since El Chapo's trial began. "We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquin, including his detention in solitary confinement", the statement said.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected past year after promising a change to the deadly military-led war against drug gangs, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for non-violent drug dealers, traffickers and farmers. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected past year after promising a change, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for non-violent drug dealers, traffickers, and farmers.

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.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.

Despite Guzman's downfall, the Sinaloa Cartel still has the biggest US distribution presence of Mexican cartels, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.