‘El Chapo’ Guzman Convicted on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison

‘El Chapo’ Guzman Convicted on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison

‘El Chapo’ Guzman Convicted on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison

Joaqin Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug cartel boss known under nickname "El Chapo" is to face life in jail after a U.S. court found him guilty on all charges in a high-profile narcotics trial.

Over the course of two and a half months, a jury of eight women and four men in Brooklyn federal court heard testimony about unspeakable torture and ghastly murders, epic corruption at almost every level of Mexico's government, narco-mistresses and naked subterranean escapes, gold-plated AK-47s and monogrammed, diamond-encrusted pistols. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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.

Though other high-ranking cartel figures had been extradited previously, Guzman was the first to go to trial instead of pleading guilty. The notorious cartel boss, born Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, has been on trial in NY, which featured testimony from multiple witnesses.

The global notoriety of Guzman was boosted by two escapes from Mexican custody, one in 2001 and another one in 2015 - through a 1.5km underground tunnel large enough to ride a motorcycle.

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

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Lichtman said the defense "fought like complete savages" and will appeal the case.

Jurors were tasked with making 53 decisions about whether prosecutors had proven different elements of the case. Peña Nieto denied it, but the allegation fit a theme: politicians, army commanders, police and prosecutors, all on the take. Another day, a Chapo-size actor who played the kingpin in the TV series "Narcos: Mexico" came to watch, telling reporters that seeing the defendant flash him a smile was "surreal".

But his voice still filled the courtroom from recordings of intercepted phone calls.

Asked what he was wearing, she replied: "He was naked".

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison. "He wanted to avoid sitting right there".

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