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

“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

Ray Donovan, head the of the Drug Enforcement Administration's NY office said the case underscored Guzman's true colors, showing that "the real Chapo is a ruthless killer and manipulator".

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.

Guzman staged two dramatic escapes from Mexican high-security prisons and cultivated a Robin Hood image among the poor in his home state of Sinaloa.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury, and his wife watched the scene, both with resignation in their faces.

The trial, which featured testimony from more than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the state in north-western Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.




Lichtman said he believed there were grounds for an appeal.

Deliberations were complicated by the trial's vast scope.

He consolidated power by paying huge bribes to political heavyweights, including former Mexican presidents. Peña Nieto denied it, but the allegation fit a theme: politicians, army commanders, police and prosecutors, all on the take. "Amigo!" he said to a cartel distributor in Chicago.

His girlfriend Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez told the court how he once fled from Mexican marines in 2014 through a trap door beneath a bath in a safe house. 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. "He left us behind". Perhaps most famously, he escaped a Mexican prison in 2015 through an elaborate tunnel that included an adapted motorcycle on rails.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison. "In front of you".

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