El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord GUILTY and will NEVER be released


After three months of testimony, jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all 10 counts.

The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire and amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a USA court on Tuesday of drug trafficking.

The notorious former leader of the dreaded Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of numerous TV shows and films, including Univision's series El Chapo, a recent Netflix documentary with the same title that was ridiculed by Sean Penn, Netflix's Narcos: Mexico and documentary The Day I Met El Chapo with Kate del Castillo.

The 11-week trial featured testimonies from more than 50 witnesses and offered one of the most detailed insights into the Sinaloa Cartel - named after the state in Mexico where El Chapo was born - ever. Cogan says it made him "very proud to be an American".

Evidence showed drugs poured into the US through secret tunnels or hidden in tanker trucks, concealed in the undercarriage of passenger cars and packed in rail cars passing through legitimate points of entry - suggesting that a border wall wouldn't be much of a worry.

Likewise, the trial involved the twice-daily closing of the Brooklyn Bridge to ensure safe passage for the for the parade of government vehicles transporting El Chapo from the prison to the courthouse.

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The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with US prosecutors. Among them were Guzman's former Sinaloa lieutenants, a computer encryption expert and a Colombian cocaine supplier who underwent extreme plastic surgery to disguise his appearance.

Cogan also said that in his 13 years as a trial court judge he had never experienced a jury deliberating as diligently in a complex case as the Guzman one.

Jeffrey Lichtman said outside a Brooklyn courthouse Tuesday the defense "fought like complete savages" at the USA drug-trafficking trial and will "continue to fight" for Guzman. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from Guzman.

A defense lawyer says Guzman's conviction is "devastating".

Chapo was detained by the Mexican government in 2014 but escaped a year later. Perhaps most famously, he escaped a Mexican prison in 2015 through an elaborate tunnel that included an adapted motorcycle on rails.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison. "He wanted to avoid sitting right there".