Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Found Guilty On All Counts

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman centre

Joaquin'El Chapo Guzman centre in a court sketch on Feb. 7 2019

New York's Brooklyn Bridge partly closed-off while El Chapo was transported from his prison cell in Manhattan to the courtroom for hearings.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty on all counts in an global drug distribution trial in NY.

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

Convicted by a jury of eight women and four men, he could face life in a USA maximum-security federal prison.

The trial unfolded like a real-life telenovela, with Guzman's former beauty queen wife Emma Coronel in the audience and a parade of her husband's lovers and henchmen taking the witness stand under the gaze of the onetime Sinaloa cartel chief.

Mexican-born El Chapo, 61, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, but smiled at 29 year-old wife Emma Coronel Aispuro wife who put her hand on his heart.

A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says the notorious drug lord's conviction will be appealed.

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The defense called just one witness, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent put on the stand in an attempt to undermine the credibility of one of Guzman's cocaine suppliers who had testified against him.

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

Yet, jurors reportedly had an "avalanche" of evidence to work with before reaching their verdict. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 181 metric tons of cocaine into the United States over two decades.

Jurors at the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations. The jury, which took days to deliberate, was made up of four men and eight women who had their identities kept anonymous for their own protection.

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 former associates and other witnesses.

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