Guilty On All Counts: Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Faces Prison For Life

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Joaquín Guzmán, 61, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted following three-month New York trial.

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Guilty on all counts

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, who once headed a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal counts against him.

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Guzmán, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to build a drug empire worth billions of dollars, is likely to spend the rest of his life in a “supermax” prison where repeating his past escapes would be nearly impossible.

The 61-year-old showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Jurors had spent six days weighing the evidence against Guzmán, including testimony from more than 50 witnesses.

“It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” said US attorney Donoghue outside the courthouse. “There are those who say the war on drugs is not worth fighting. Those people are wrong.”

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Guusman, 61, was one of the most wanted criminals in the United States for more than 20 years and was named the  “enemy of society number one” – earlier only Al Capone in 2013 was called like this.

US prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades, consolidating his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.

Guzmán smuggled drugs into the US through secret tunnels, or hidden in tanker trucks, prosecutors said. The cartel would also conceal their cargo in the chassis of passenger cars and packed in rail cars passing through legitimate points of entry.

After jurors left the room, Guzmán waved and smiled at his wife, Emma Coronel, a former beauty queen and courtroom regular who smiled back and touched her hand to her heart.

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Source: Stephanie Keith/The New York Times

Guzmán had staged escapes from jail in 2014 and 2001. In the earlier breakout Guzmán hid in a laundry bin before being escorted to a mountainside hideaway by corrupt police officers.

In 2014 Guzmán escaped from a high-security jail via a mile-long lighted tunnel on a motorcycle on rails.


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