The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges that could carry life sentences.
He was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times reported. The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations will likely put the 61-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.
Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.
Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.
Witnessed detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, rail cars and even shipments of canned peppers.
The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades.
The defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.
The trial testimony lasted nearly three months.
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