Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman convicted in US trial

Minnie Murray
February 13, 2019

Guzmán, 61, faces 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, worldwide distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.

Convicted by a jury of eight women and four men, he could face life in a US maximum-security federal prison.

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, centre, sits at the defence table while listening to the judge addressing the jury during his long-running drug trafficking trial in NY.

New York's Brooklyn Bridge partly closed-off while El Chapo was transported from his prison cell in Manhattan to the courtroom for hearings.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported.

"Senor judge, me and my attorneys have spoken about this", Guzman stated.


Mexican-born El Chapo, 61, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, but smiled at 29 year-old wife Emma Coronel Aispuro wife who put her hand on his heart.

The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, showing up in matching burgundy velvet blazers in a gesture of solidarity. He did not try to deny his crimes, but instead had his lawyers argue he was merely a fall guy for corrupt government officials guilty of far worse wrongdoing that him.

In a statement after the verdict, lawyers for El Chapo said they were "obviously disappointed" but respectful of the jury's decision.

Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 8, 2016.

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.

Outside the court, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue called it a "day of reckoning", promising the government would continue to root out cartel-related drug-running and corruption. She said Guzman led her to a trap door beneath a bathtub that opened up to a tunnel that allowed them to escape.

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