Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" convicted in U.S. trial

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 12, 2019

Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the US.

It's been reported that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts that he was facing, of which the charges included "engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, global distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other drugs, in addition to the use of firearms".

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from left, seated with his defense attorneys, listens to testimony that was read back to the jury, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in NY.

Deliberations were complicated by the trial's vast scope.

After three months of testimony, jurors have been going through a verdict form that asks them to make 53 decisions about whether prosecutors have proven various elements of the 10-count indictment.

The trial cast a harsh glare on the corruption that allowed the cartel to flourish.

Tyler Daniels, a spokesperson for the US Attorneys office for the Eastern District of NY, confirmed the report that the 12-person jury deliberated approximately for 34 hours over the past six days, while considering approximately 200 hours of testimony provided since mid-November.

While the trial was dominated by Guzman's persona as a near-mythical outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn't testify.

There were also surveillance photos, intercepted phone calls and text messages involving Guzmán, as well as exhibits of blingy firepower and bricks of cocaine that dropped with the force of potato sacks.

"He's responsible for any acts committed by the cartel", Goldbarg said. "Here at your service". "He left us behind". He then got an escort from crooked police officers into Mexico City before retreating to one of his many mountainside hideaways. Perhaps most famously, he escaped a Mexican prison in 2015 through an elaborate tunnel that included an adapted motorcycle on rails. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons (181 metric tons) of cocaine into the USA over two decades.

"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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