Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss 'El Chapo' found guilty in United States trial

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The 61-year-old was found guilty today by a NY court of operating the huge criminal enterprise and is expected to be given life in prison.

Guzmán, 61, faces 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, global distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.

Guzman, 61, previously broke out of two Mexican prisons before he was captured and was extradited to the United States.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury without expression.

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.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

In the trial, which has lasted several months, prosecutors used more than 50 witnesses to detail Guzman's involvement in making billions of dollars distributing drugs in the U.S.

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After he was convicted, the drug lord waved at his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, jurors on Tuesday continued their sixth day of deliberations on Guzman's fate.

Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the USA trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

In his closing arguments late last month, Guzman's lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asked the jury not to convict on the basis of the "garbage" testimony of government witnesses. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected past year after promising a change, suggesting a negotiated peace and amnesty for non-violent drug dealers, traffickers, and farmers.

Lichtman contended that Guzman was merely a "scapegoat", and that the real culprit in the drug trafficking operations was Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, the co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.

The notorious former leader of the dreaded Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of numerous TV shows and films, including Univision's series El Chapo, a recent Netflix documentary with the same title that was ridiculed by Sean Penn, Netflix's Narcos: Mexico and documentary The Day I Met El Chapo with Kate del Castillo.

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