"El Chapo" Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin

“El Chapo” Found Guilty On 10 Counts In New York Trial

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced as the judge read the guilty verdict.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all of his 10 counts in a NY courthouse Tuesday, ending a three-month trial.

Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial.

Guzman was convicted of smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine to the United States over a 25 year period, earning billions of dollars in profits for his cartel, then the world's largest, and now faces a life sentence.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported. On its fifth day of deliberations, the jury asked to review law enforcement testimony about seizures of Colombian cocaine being shipped to the Sinaloa cartel to fuel a smuggling empire prosecutors say was under Guzman's command. His lawyers say Guzman is not a criminal mastermind but just a fall guy for the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

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NY jurors - seven women and five men - whose identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days, sorting through what authorities called an "avalanche" of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions of dollars by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.

Witnesses detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, railway carriages and even shipments of canned peppers.

After three months of testimony, jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all 10 counts. Fourteen of those witnesses - mostly admitted drug traffickers and cartel associates - were cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of reducing their own prison sentences.

They returned Tuesday to grapple with the complicated case at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of several turncoats and other witnesses.

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