MEXICAN narcotics kingpin El Chapo has been jailed for LIFE as jurors find him guilty in all 10 counts in the biggest drug trafficking trial of all
MEXICAN narcotics kingpin El Chapo has been jailed for LIFE as jurors find him guilty in all 10 counts in the biggest drug trafficking trial of all time.
The decision was announced by note Tuesday after more than five days of deliberation — during which New York jurors asked the judge to review witness testimony and questions about the charges against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, 61.
This follows an 11-week trial, where the panel of eight women and four men heard prosecutors attempt to prove El Chapo was guilty of running a continuing criminal enterprise and other charges, as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Joaquin Guzman is a Mexican drug kingpin known as El Chapo – which means “shorty” in English – due to his short stature.
He headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organisation named after the Mexican Pacific coast.
El Chapo became the country’s top drug lord in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel.
He was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Department of the Treasury.
The notorious Mexican drugs baron had been on the run after escaping from jail, before he was caught early in 2016 – he battled against being sent to America to face charges but lost the fight in January 2017.
Guzman has remained in solitary confinement in New York since he was extradited.
His 29-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, has been banned from visiting him in prison and has instead attended many of his pre-trial hearings, waving and blowing him kisses.
He has accrued a net worth of roughly $1billion (£767million) – and was named as the 10th richest man in Mexico in 2011.
Forbes magazine have ranked him as one of the most powerful people in the world every year between 2009 and 2011.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration estimated he matched the influence and reach of Pablo Escobar.
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