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12 February 2019, 09:58 | Devin Moran
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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.
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.
El Chapo escaped from Mexican prisons twice, but was recaptured in 2016, and extradited to the United States in January 2017.
Mexican-born El Chapo, 61, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, but smiled at 29 year-old wife Emma Coronel Aispuro wife who put her hand on his heart.
Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the US.
A defense lawyer says Guzman's conviction is "devastating".
In closing arguments, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman urged the jury not to believe government witnesses who "lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people". On its fifth day of deliberations, the jury asked to review law enforcement testimony about seizures of Colombian cocaine being shipped to the Sinaloa cartel to fuel a smuggling empire prosecutors say was under Guzman's command.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated roughly 34 hours over 6 days.
During the verdict, Guzman, whose nickname "El Chapo" means "shorty", appeared emotionless, according to reports. Fourteen of those witnesses - mostly admitted drug traffickers and cartel associates - were cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of reducing their own prison sentences.
They were escorted to and from the fortress-like Brooklyn courthouse by US Marshals during each day of the 35 day trial, which saw 56 prosecution witnesses called to testify against El Chapo.
The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.
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