Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman convicted in USA trial

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

One of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, Guzman was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before.

A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says the notorious drug lord's conviction will be appealed.

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, centre, sits at the defence table while listening to the judge addressing the jury during his long-running drug trafficking trial in NY. When the jurors were discharged, he leaned back in his chair to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs-up.

The verdict came on the sixth day of the jury's deliberations.

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.

One of the trial's most memorable pieces of evidence came from El Chapo's mistress Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, who testified she was in bed in a safe house with an on-the-run Guzman in 2014 when Mexican marines started breaking down his door.

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.

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One of the world's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is on trial in NY and a star witness just revealed a lot about Chapo's Canadian operation.

Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial.

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

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.

The defence accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

During the verdict, Guzman, whose nickname "El Chapo" means "shorty", appeared emotionless, according to reports.

USA 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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