US Attorney Richard Donoghue said El Chapo has 'no escape'

US Attorney Richard Donoghue said El Chapo has 'no escape'

US Attorney Richard Donoghue said El Chapo has 'no escape'

Joaquín Guzmán, the feared Mexican drug lord known worldwide as "El Chapo", has been found guilty of 10 charges in his NY trial.

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

Biting his lip, his eyes red as he appeared to continually fight back tears, the small-fry cartel killer - who was convicted in Brooklyn court Tuesday and now faces life in prison - was a far cry from the picture painted of him by U.S. authorities as the ruthless head of the world's largest illicit-drug network.

Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, become nearly legendary for escaping from Mexican high-security jails twice and avoiding massive manhunts.

The jury of 12 people announced their decision at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, affirming Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to commit murder. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife Emma Coronel, put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.

The most shocking allegation came from Guzman's former top aide Alex Cifuentes, who accused former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto of taking a $100 million bribe from Guzman.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

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

In one of the trial's final days, Guzman told the judge he would not testify in his own defence.

But his voice still filled the courtroom from recordings of intercepted phone calls.

One of the trial's most memorable pieces of evidence came from El Chapo's mistress Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, who testified she was in bed in a safe house with an on-the-run Guzman in 2014 when Mexican marines started breaking down his door. She said Guzman led her to a trap door beneath a bathtub that opened up to a tunnel that allowed them to escape. He took off running.

He was seized again in 2014, but pulled off his best known escape the following year when he disappeared into a tunnel dug into his cell in a maximum security prison. After he was recaptured in 2016, he was extradited to the United States to face American federal charges.

"Why? Because he is guilty and he never wanted to be in a position where he would have to answer for his crimes", she told the jury. "In front of you".

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