"El Chapo" Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

El Chapo found guilty

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.

A federal jury in NY has found Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera guilty of all 10 criminal counts against him, including the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.

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.

Law enforcement officials said that he'll be looking at a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice - once using a mile-long secret tunnel - before he was recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced.

Another testified how Guzman sometimes acted as his own hitman, punishing a Sinaloan who dared to work for another cartel by kidnapping him, beating and shooting him and having his men bury the victim while he was still alive.

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El Chapo's defense case lasted just half an hour.

The trial cast a harsh glare on the corruption that allowed the cartel to flourish. The same day, he grinned broadly at audience member Alejandro Edda, the Mexican actor who plays Guzman in the Netflix drama "Narcos".

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

They heard how Guzman made a name for himself in the 1980s as "El Rapido", the speedy one, by building cross-border tunnels that allowed him to move cocaine from Mexico into the United States faster than anyone else. "He left us behind". He escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 in a laundry cart and again in 2015 through a tunnel. He then got an escort from crooked police officers into Mexico City before retreating to one of his many mountainside hideaways.

Chapo was detained by the Mexican government in 2014 but escaped a year later.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments. "In front of you".

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