U.S. jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo


Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The convictions include leading a criminal enterprise; drug trafficking of heroin, cocaine and other drugs; the use of firearms; and money laundering.

Known as one of the most notorious and infamous drug traffickers in modern history, Guzman managed to evade authorities and broke out of Mexican prisons twice.

In this courtroom drawing from February 7, Joaquin Guzman listens to Judge Brian Cogan addressing the jury.

He was recaptured several months later - his third arrest in 23 years - in the Sinaloa coastal city of Los Mochis and extradited to the US about a year later. He faces life in prison if found guilty.

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The prosecution's case featured 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses. His sentencing is set to be announced on June 25th.

One Sinaloa insider described Mexican workers getting contact highs while packing cocaine into thousands of jalapeno cans - shipments that totalled 25 to 30 tonnes of cocaine worth $500 million USA each year.

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. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said these witnesses had "lied every day of their lives - their miserable, selfish lives". Perhaps most famously, he escaped a Mexican prison in 2015 through an elaborate tunnel that included an adapted motorcycle on rails.

He was extradited to the United States in 2017 after being arrested in Mexico the previous year.