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Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo found guilty, faces life in prison

The Latest: US jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo “El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial
Jeannette Daniel | 12 February, 2019, 21:57

New York's Brooklyn Bridge partly closed-off while El Chapo was transported from his prison cell in Manhattan to the courtroom for hearings.

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.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court in NY, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on January 17, 2019.

He could face life behind bars in a maximum security USA prison. They were are asked to make 53 decisions about whether prosecutors have proven various elements of the 10-count indictment against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

NY jurors, whose identities were kept secret, deliberated for six days, sorting through piles of evidence gathered since the 1980s that Guzman's drug cartel smuggled tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the US.

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

Federal prosecutors say Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S.

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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.

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

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

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury's meticulous attention to detail and the "remarkable" approach it took toward deliberations.

They returned Tuesday to grapple with the complicated case at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.

United States prosecutors told the jury how he had trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the U.S. in crimes spanning more than two decades.

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