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Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman found guilty on all 10 charges

February 12, 2019 - 12:01 pm
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(NEW YORK) -- Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty on all charges by a jury in Brooklyn federal court.

Jurors were asked to weigh 10 counts against Guzman, each with different components.

Guzman's federal drug conspiracy trial started three months ago. The verdict comes on the sixth day of jury deliberations.

Prosecutors accused Guzman of trafficking cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. as a top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The defense asserted Guzman, 61, was the victim of an elaborate conspiracy.

Over 50 witnesses were called by the prosecution, describing all aspects of Guzman's life, from brutal murders, a naked journey he took through a secret tunnel, plastic bananas filled with cocaine and spied-on mistresses.

Robert Capers, then-U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in 2017, "Guzman's destructive and murderous rise as an international narcotics trafficker is akin to that of a small, cancerous tumor that metastasized and grew into a full-blown scourge that for decades littered the streets of Mexico with the casualties of violent drug wars."

Guzman has twice escaped from prison in Mexico, most recently in 2015.

He was recaptured in 2016 and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

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