Cartel boss El Chapo guilty of smuggling drugs into US

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The verdict comes following a wildly dramatic, three-month long trial in New York City that involved extreme measures to prevent El Chapo from escaping, such as his accommodations at a Manhattan prison supposedly being even more secure than a SuperMax.

A US court has found the world's most infamous drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, guilty of all 10 federal counts against him.

Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen with a handgun on display during a testimony by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Victor Vazquez (not shown) in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court in New York City on January 17, 2019.

Jurors convicted him on all 10 counts that are likely to put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Guzman, 61, a kingpin in the Sinaloa cartel who was extradited to the United States in 2017, was found guilty by a court in NY of leading a "continuing criminal enterprise".

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As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced.

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.

Lichtman said he believed there were grounds for an appeal.

Mexico has been mired for 12 years in a deadly military-led war against drug gangs.

Guzman made a name for himself in the 1980s as "El Rapido", the speedy one, by building cross-border tunnels that allowed him to move cocaine from Mexico into the United States faster than anyone else. "Once that door is open, it can't be closed again", he said.

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Jurors heard more than 200 hours of testimony, including allegations by his former henchmen.

The defense team called only one witness and was trying question the credibility of prosecution witnesses during the trial.

Despite his ties to government officials, Guzman often lived on the run.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison.

Guzman, 61, was extradited to the 2017 after Mexican authorities captured him a year prior during raids in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

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