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Mexican Druglord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Is Found Guilty On All Counts

Mexican Druglord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Is Found Guilty On All Counts

Jurors in a federal court in Brooklyn have delivered a guilty verdict on all 10 charges in a high point of the 11-week long trial, with several of the carrying a life sentence.

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after a high-profile trial that lasted almost three months.

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

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.

After being escorted off the plane at MacArthur Airport on Long Island in shackles, Guzman, 61, then sat in a chair in a hangar surrounded by USA federal agents looking stunned and scared for his life - and appeared to wipe a tear from his eyes.

Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs-up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

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Notorious drug lord El Chapo is set to die in jail after being convicted of running the world's largest drug smuggling operation.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators. The drug dealer, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was convicted on all 10 counts that were presented to the jury. Guzman's lawyers did not deny his crimes as much as argue he was a fall guy for government witnesses who were more evil than he was.

Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel gained power amid the shifting allegiances of the Mexican drug trade in the 1990s, eventually coming to control nearly the entire Pacific coast of Mexico. In 2009, Forbes Magazine put him on its list of the world's richest people, with an estimated $1 billion.

The global notoriety of Guzman was boosted by two escapes from Mexican custody, one in 2001 and another one in 2015 - through a 1.5km underground tunnel large enough to ride a motorcycle. It later dropped him from the list, saying it was too hard to quantify his assets.

The most shocking allegation of corruption during the trial came from Guzman's former top aide Alex Cifuentes, who accused former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto of taking a $US100 million bribe from Guzman. Another day, a Chapo-size actor who played the kingpin in the TV series "Narcos: Mexico" came to watch, telling reporters that seeing the defendant flash him a smile was "surreal". He was finally recaptured in January 2016.