Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty by NY jury

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from left, seated with his defense attorneys, listens to testimony that was read back to the jury, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in NY.

The 61-year-old was found guilty today by a NY court of operating the huge criminal enterprise and is expected to be given life in prison.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

He faces up to life in prison, and his sentencing date is June 25.

The government, meanwhile, appealed to the jury not to let Guzman escape - an allusion to his two spectacular jail breaks in Mexico, the last one in 2015 through a tunnel from a shower area in his cell. 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.

NY jurors - seven women and five men - whose identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days, sorting through what authorities called an "avalanche" of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions of dollars by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S. They were are asked to make 53 decisions about whether prosecutors have proven various elements of the 10-count indictment against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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Meanwhile, jurors on Tuesday continued their sixth day of deliberations on Guzman's fate.

The defense called just one witness, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent put on the stand in an attempt to undermine the credibility of one of Guzman's cocaine suppliers who had testified against him.

The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of former associates and other witnesses.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors that he amassed huge wealth and power leading 'the world's largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization.' They heard blood-curdling evidence about how El Chapo once beat and shot a worker who defected to a rival cartelk, before burying him alive.

United States 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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